CHESTNUT

ippocastano> BOTANICAL NAMES
Aesculus hippocastanum. It belongs to the family of Hippocastanaceae .

> COMMERCIAL NAMES
Marronier des Indes – France
Chestnut – Great Britain
Ippocastano – Italy

> ORIGINAL NAMES
Aescule, Bois de Spa – France
Castagno d’India – Italy

> GROWTH AREA
The area of origin is the Balkan peninsula, this tree is actually growing in the areas characterised of a mitigate weather.

> TECHNOLOGICAL FEATURES
Sapwood and heartwood are not clearly distinguished and the colour is whitish tending towards yellowish, with a wavy fibre and a fine and uniform texture. This wood hasn’t a natural liability to resist to the insect and fungi attacks, but fortunately it is not attacked by the «bostryciis».

> SPECIFIC WEIGHT
Seasoned on the open air, it has a specific weight that goes from 500 to 600 Kg/mc.

> MAIN USES AND WORKING
This wood is not very valuable but it is easily manufactured; glue, screw and nail joints hold firmly, as well as carving and polishing are easy to produce. Staining is uniform and it is polished without any difficulty. This wood is used to make floors, for kitchen tools and for the construction of carved objects, toys and brushes.