Wood of the day #8: Balsam Poplar

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Blog entry by CreekOne posted 01-14-2015 11:42 AM 1739 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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  • Common name(s): Balsam Poplar, Bam, Bamtree, Eastern Balsam Poplar, Hackmatack, Tacamahac Poplar, Tacamahaca
  • Botanical name: Populus balsamifera
  • Synonymous: Populus tacamahacca, Populus candicans, Populus tristis
  • Distribution: Sub Arctic northern hemisphere in North America and Europe
  • Description: Light and soft wood, yellow-white to light grey colour. Clear annual rings made of thin greyish stripes. Straight grain with a rough texture. Hard to sand to a finish, tends to clog up the sand paper with cotton-like fibres.
  • Fun facts: Balsam Poplar is the northernmost American hardwood.
  • Sampled by: Me

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