Mormon studies, pioneer, Salt Lake Tabernacle, graining
Visitors to the Salt Lake Tabernacle are often stunned to learn that the pillars supporting the gallery are not marble but are pine painted to look like marble and that the "oak" benches and organ case are also pine with simulated oak graining. The Tabernacle woodwork and furniture are the most visible reminders of the practice of graining, a technique widely used in Utah Territory's furniture to imitate the look of marble, hardwood, and even leather.
Dant, Doris R.
"A Touch of Refinement: Pioneer Graining,"
BYU Studies Quarterly: Vol. 38:
1, Article 11.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/byusq/vol38/iss1/11