SILVER BIRCH

betullaBOTANICAL NAMES
Betula alba. It belongs to the family of Betulaceae.

> TRADE NAMES
Betulla bianca, betulla finlandese – Italy
Bouleau blanc – France
Silver birch – Great Britain

> GROWTH AREA
This wood has a low resistance to weather; it develops all over the Europe, especially in the north of Europe, from Scandinavia to Siberia.

> TECHNOLOGICAL FEATURES
Sapwood is narrow and white, distinguished from heartwood which is ivory-white or light brown. It has a fine texture and a straight fibre; it is a medium durable wood, is quite elastic and silky in appearance.

> SPECIFIC WEIGHT
Seasoned on the open air, it has a specific weight changeable from 600 to 700 Kg/m3.

> DRYING METHOD
The drying processing is not very difficult, even if, since it is a light wood, is very liable to warping and spotting: for this reason birch must be dried carefully and slowly.

> MAIN USES AND WORKING
Birch is easy to work: Joints hold well and have a great resistance to mechanic applications. This wood is used in carpentry, to manufacture handles, brushes and for carvings. It is also possible to make veneering and valuable plywood because of their lightness. The most valuable and appreciated derived from briarwood.

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