Re: Furniture & Woodenware Boxcar

Charlie Vlk



Google is your friend….

I think this Wikipedia definition of “treen” that comes up in a search for “woodenware” is likely close to the intent on the car since furniture is clearly intended to be separate:


Treen, literally "of a tree" is a generic name for small handmade functional household objects made of wood. Treen is distinct from furniture, such as chairs, and cabinetry, as well as clocks and cupboards.[1][2] Before the late 17th-century, when silver, pewter, and ceramics were introduced for tableware, most small household items, boxes and tableware were carved from wood. Today, treen is highly collectable for its beautiful patina and tactile appeal.

Anything from wooden plates and bowls, snuff boxes and needle cases, spoons and stay busks to shoehorns and chopping boards can be classed as treen. Domestic and agricultural wooden tools are also usually classed with treen.

Before the advent of cheap metal wares in industrialized societies, and later plastic, wood played a much greater part as the raw material for common objects. Turning and carving were the key manufacturing techniques. The selection of wood species was important, and close-grained native hardwoods such as box, beech and sycamore were particularly favoured, with occasional use of exotics, such as lignum vitae for mallet heads.”

Charlie Vlk



From: <> On Behalf Of Bob Chaparro via Groups.Io
Sent: Saturday, June 15, 2019 1:44 PM
Subject: [RealSTMFC] Furniture & Woodenware Boxcar


Furniture & Woodenware Boxcar

Does anyone have information about boxcars labeled for "woodenware"?

I can image what woodenware is. I'm just wondering how common it was to label a boxcar with the term.

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA

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