EUROPEAN WHITEWOOD

abete_rosso> BOTANICAL NAMES
Picea excelsa. It belongs to the family of Pinaceae.

> NOMI COMMERCIALI
Norway spruce, common spruce, european whitewood – Great Britain
Epicéa – France
Picea, peccia, pigella – Italy

> GROWTH AREA
Widespread all over the Europe, this tree is much found in the area form the north of the Pyrenees to Russia and Scandinavia. In Italy it develops on the Alps.

> TECHNOLOGICAL FEATURES
It is hard to differentiate between the sapwood and the heartwood. Rich of resinous canals, its wood is of a whitish colour with light darker streaks. It is a soft and very light-weight wood, with a small resistance like the other species which belong to the cluster of conifer. It is hardly impregnated with antiseptics.

> SPECIFIC WEIGHT
At 15% of moisture content, its specific weight can change from 450 to 550 Kg/m3

> DRYING METHOD
The drying process can be carried out without any difficulty.

> MAIN USES AND WORKING
The spruce is easily workable. Once the surface is planed and polished it assumes a silky appearance. Glue, dye and paint can easily be used. It is mainly used for internal structures, but this wood is the most use for the realisation of music sound boxes. For this reason the selection of the most suitable veneer sheets is based on the width and the regularity of its annual rings.

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