The term figure refers to the appearance or pattern on the surface of wood. It may include distinctive features such as grains, knots, swirls, burls, or other natural markings that give the wood a unique and visually interesting look. Figure is an important factor in determining the quality and aesthetic value of wooden furniture. Certain markings in wood, other than straight grain. Crotches, burls, curls, mottles, feathers, waves.