Hornbeam Veneer

Hornbeam veneer

Hornbeam is known by many different names such as; Deerwood, Hophornbeam, Hardhack, Hornbeam, Ironwood, Leverwood, Ostria and many more. It is found from eastern North America (Quebec and Ontario) down through Texas and Florida into Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras.

The tree’s name (horn=tough and beam~baum=tree) describes the wood, which is tough, hard and heavy. Colonial settlers in America used it for bowls and dishes because it rarely split or cracked.

Hornbeam has a thick, nearly white sapwood and a heartwood which is pale yellow to tan or light brown with red streaks. It has no characteristic odour and is very heavy and hard.

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