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  BIRCH-Wood and Trees
  Birch Tree


Betula
Hardwood

The Trees:

Closely related to beech and oak trees, birch trees are found primarily in North America and usually identified by their light colored, easily peeled bark. Birch bark has been used traditionally for utilitarian items such as shoes, canoes, paper, as well as for flavoring (birch beer) and medicinal purposes.

 


Birch Wood

The Wood:

Birch is a pale, tight grained wood which is heavy and shock resistant. It takes a stain well and is often used for plywood. Karelian or Masur birch is valued for it's use in veneer, which displays a unique wood pattern or figure. Because of it's unique tonal qualities, birch wood is often used in speaker cabinets, acoustic guitars and drums.

 


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