On Every Street in Every city
The featured species this month is American Elm (Ulmus americana) but I discuss the different types of Elm as lumber and where they can be found. Plus some questions about cultivars, Spruce, and ripping for quartersawn stock.
I also share a news story about water filters being created from trees that harness the natural filter in the xylem.
Featured Species: American Elm
Ulmus americana is the most common Elm tree in North America. It is primarily found in the East and at one point was on every city street on the eastern seaboard. Its prized as a fast growing shade tree that is tolerant of urban environments and therefore was planted widely. Dutch Elm unfortunately put an end to that. But today the Elm still grows widely and readily up until a few years old and then the disease takes it. So Elm "thrives" as a pulp species now. But as an urban lumber there is an opportunity for short and narrow boards in a wood that is reminiscent of White Oak but with a finer grain and a hardness of Walnut or Cherry.