Timber Species Available
- Hard Maple (Acer saccharum) is one of the most important commercial species in the Great Lakes region. It is used for furniture, interior finish, plywood, flooring, bowling alleys, veneer, sporting goods, chopping blocks, and tool handles to mention a few. Maple is very strong and highly resistant to shock. It is one of the major species on Keweenaw’s timberlands.
- Birds Eye Maple (Acer saccharum) is a form of Hard Maple found in the Great Lakes region of the United States. The grain is curled, which creates a bird’s eye effect. A highly sought after wood, it is used for veneer, furniture, and cabinets.
- Red Maple (Acer rubrum) seasons reasonably well and shrinks only moderately in drying. Its bending power is slightly better than Hard Maple.
- Basswood (Tilia americana) will not shrink or change unduly once it is dried. It can be easily glued and has satisfactory nail and screw holding power. This lumber is used for furniture parts, mobile homes, picture frames, and toys. Basswood veneer is used for baskets, small containers, and in plywood manufacturing. Because Basswood is soft, it is also used by artists in wood carving.
- Yellow Birch (Betula alleghaniensis) is strong and has a high resistance to impact. Birch has good machining properties and high nail and screw holding power. It is used extensively for veneer, furniture, flooring, and woodenware.
- White Birch (Betula papyrifera), similar to the Yellow Birch, has a high resistance to impact. Birch has good machining properties and high nail and screw holding power. White Birch is used for furniture, cabinetwork, and flooring.
- White Ash (Fraxinus americana) seasons well with moderate shrinkage and little degrade. Ash wood is used for furniture, veneer cabinets, and handles for tools and sporting goods.
- Black Ash (Fraxinus nigra) is softer and weaker than White Ash with a coarse grain. It is used for baskets, hoops, splint boxes, and interior finish of houses. The black buds are highly sought after by veneer manufacturers.
- Black Cherry (Prunus serotina) seasons readily and holds dimensions well after seasoning. Black Cherry has low shrinkage, satisfactory gluing and good machining properties. Some uses for Black Cherry are furniture, cabinet work, musical instruments, and toys.
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