American barrels and french oak barrels differ in that french is split and American is sawn. Leaves less open pores when split, right? But then it must be bent, right?
This is french oak wine barrel wood with a light toast. LT is stamped on the end somewhere and it affects the taste. It chars the inside surface, but enough of that.
It doesn't look rotten, or feel rotten, is dry as.
But when subjected to the jolly good jump upon test,
Now don't that look just like the breaks in your bent oak frames.Particularly that top piece.
This wood I was going to use for some things aboard the folkboat but on second thoughts, although not rotten, I don't think,isn't much good if I want to depend on it staying in one piece.
Just an interesting similarity I discovered.