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Birch is a deciduous hardwood tree with thin leaves of the genus Betula, in the family Beulaceae, which includes hazels, and is related to the Beech and Oak species. Birch is typically found in the Northern Hemisphere and has been prized for centuries by local populations for its many uses. The trees themselves are usually small to medium sized and found in more temperate climates. One of the most distinguishing features of Birch is its instantly recognizable bark, which is marked by long, horizontal lines and often comes off in thin, papery pieces. There are many different colors of the tree including: White, gray, yellow, black, and silver. Its wood is close-grained and has an excellent texture which is able to be polished very finely.

Due to the inherent hardness of the Birch wood, it is very difficult to work by hand and is generally shaped through use of power tools. Some of its many applications include:

  • Furniture making – as it is suitable for finish and veneer
  • Speaker making
  • Longboards/skateboards
  • Model aircraft
  • Extracts used in soap and shampoo
  • Other various manufacturing uses

Fun fact: Eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes famed “Spruce Goose” was made mostly from this material despite its well-known name.

Whatever your Birch manufacturing needs may be, Source International can assist you from initial Product Development to First Production to In-process Quality Control to Shipping. Contact us today to find out how we can help you save time and money while increasing overall efficiency and product quality.

 Birch logs

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June 29, 2016