LARCH

larice

> BOTANICAL NAMES
Larix decidua. It belongs to the family of Pinaceae.

> TRADE MANES 
Larch – Great Britain
Larice – Italy 
Mélèze – France

> GROWTH AREA 
It grows on the mountain area of central Europe.

> TECHNOLOGICAL FEATURES 
Sapwood is narrow and light brown yellowish, and is clearly distinguished from heartwood which, in the fresh wood, is dark reddish with the tendency to darken over time. It has a quite fine texture and generally its fibre is straight. It is very resinous and only the heartwood is durable.

> SPECIFIC WEIGHT
Seasoned on open air, its specific weight can change from 650 to 750 Kg/m3.

> DRYING METHOD 
It is easily processed since this wood is not very liable to warping or splitting.

> MAIN USES AND WORKING
It is very workable, even if the presence of resin can easily contaminate tools. Screw, nail and glue joints hold well. With this wood you can get a good cleaning. It is widely used for heavy carpentry works, for door and window-frames, planks for floors and also country furniture.