Wood of the day #3: Swedish Whitebeam

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Blog entry by CreekOne posted 01-13-2015 11:29 AM 2086 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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  • Common name(s): Swedish Whitebeam, Oxel
  • Botanical name: Sorbus intermedia
  • Synonymous: Sorbus scandica, Sorbus suecica, Sorbus x intermedia
  • Distribution: Southern Sweden, Parts of Denmark
  • Description: Swedish whitebeam is a species of whitebeam found in southern Sweden. A yellowish white and hard wood with almost no distinction between early and late wood except for small colour variations year to year.
  • Fun facts: The only naturally occurring tree originating from Sweden.
  • Sampled by: Me

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#1 posted 01-13-2015 11:54 AM

Thank you for sharing this series of nice timbers.
This wood is found in a much wider area than Sweden and quite common here in Dk. Local name is “Seljerøn”. Often planted as hedges and along roads and inbetween fields to stop the wind. The timber has apparently traditionaly been used for cogs on wooden wind- and watermills.

Do you use it in the workshop?

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#2 posted 01-13-2015 12:01 PM

I know its found in Denmark to, specially on Bornholm, thats why its not known as Sorbus suecica (Suecica is Swedish in Latin). It can obviously grow in USA to…

I have used it, not that common and its not easy to find, lumber is not found at all, I think we do paper from this, like most other trees in Sweden..

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