Wood that has a straight grain runs parallel to the axis of the tree and has very few curls or waves. Examples of woods that exhibit a straight grain include cherry, hard maple, and cedar. This type of grain is often stronger and easier to work with than other grain patterns. Because the grain runs uniformly in one direction, it is easier to cut, drill, and nail the wood. In addition, woods with straight grain tend to have a smoother texture. However, while straight grain is predictable and reliable, it may not offer the unique beauty of more complex grain patterns. Coarse grain can be difficult to manipulate, but its intricate waves and texture can result in stunning pieces of art when carved.