Yellow Birch (Betula alleghaniensis)


Often bearing a strong resemblance to hard maple, the wood from yellow birch is hard and tight grained. Yellow birch responds particularly well to an oil finish, developing a depth and chatoyance that is not seen in many woods. In addition to the natural chatoyance, flame figure is not uncommon in yellow birch. The heart wood of yellow birch tends to be a medium red-brown colour that resembles cherry when first milled, but it does not darken with age.

Suitable for many applications, yellow birch has historically been used for cabinetry, flooring and treen ware. It works and turns well, sands to fine finish and looks good under a film finish or even just waxed.

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Some recent projects made from Yellow Birch:

    Spalted Flame Birch Stafford Box

    Baltic Birch Woven Illusion BFB

    Spalted Birch Calabash - 1

    Spalted Birch Calabash - 2

    Shop-made offset screw chucks

    Yellow Birch Timpani Box

    Spaled Birch Candy Dish

    Christmas Bells - 2016