Yellow Birch Lumber is Everywhere
The Birch shows up in a lot of commercial products as its even texture makes it useful for everything from pulp to plywood and furniture. In this episode I share all the details about the species and some things I did not know until recently about its ability to absorb water and how that makes it a good steam bending candidate despite its diffuse porous nature.
Lumber Industry News
Featured Species: Yellow Birch
Betula alleghaniensis or Yellow Birch is the most common Birch species found throughout northeast North America and extending all the way down the Appalachians to northern Georgia. The tree grows to a medium size and grows fast with a 40 year old tree being considered quite old.
Birch is common in plywood and this is the species (among a few others) that comprise the infamous Baltic Birch or Finnish Birch plywood. The even texture makes a great substrate for shop plywood. Also used in furniture and pulp products and as a secondary/tertiary species in shipping containers.
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