[NAFEX] Apple wood
Lon J. Rombough
lonrom at hevanet.com
Sat Feb 21 00:26:16 EST 2004
I was mostly asking about variations in wood hardness among apple varieties
and species. From the comments, and my own experience, it sounds like crab
apples might be the ones to check for hardness. I mentioned that Liberty
was noticeably harder than Holstein, and Liberty gets it's scab resistance
from a crab, Malus floribunda. I also have a red flesh crab with the red
wood mentioned, and it too has very hard wood.
As to planting apple trees for wood, I would think you'd be ahead of the
game to grow them in a nursery row and select only the most vigorous, which
might help insure that you get larger, faster growing trees since you want
them for wood.
A while ago I asked this list and also a woodworking
related list about varieties of apple and other
fruitwoods that would be worth growing for the wood, and most
of the answers that I got ignored my actual question,
but instead lectured me on marginally related topics.
Never did get any specific recommendations about
varieties to try to grow for wood. We need to replant some
trees in some fields that we have replanted to trees
for timber, and I thought it would be good to grow
something other than maple, oak, walnut, butternut, etc.,
especially as my son likes to carve spoons, turn
bowls, etc., and he finds that apple, lilac, and plum give
nice results. When friends need a tree removed for
any reason, we hope that they give him a call first, and
he usually rewards them with something made from the
tree he takes out.
We will be planting "generic" apple seedlings,
whatever comes up from last years fall plantings of seeds.
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