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Birch – Masur

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Species Description: Wood Species

Masur Birch (also known as Karelian Birch) is not a species in of itself, but rather a particular grain figure that occurs in various species of European Birch.  The result is a beautiful marble like figure – a mix between burl and birdseye.

The cause of this figure is uncertain.  Some say that it comes from a tree’s reaction to invasion by the larvae of the Agromyzia carbonara beetle, but the general opinion seems to be that it is hereditary, classifying the name of the variant as Betula pendula var. Carelica.  Regardless of the exact origin of the figure, it provides us with stunning and unique looking lumber,  just begging to be showcased in some fine woodworking. It is most commonly used in accent details, turned objects, knife handles and other small specialty items.

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Sustainability: This species is not currently listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Common Uses: Fine furniture, knife handles, turnings, veneers, and other small specialty objects.

Comments: Veneers of Masur Birch are rotary cut (like Birdseye Maple) to ensure the best figure is extracted for the veneer.

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Botanical Name

Betula pendula

Other Names

Karelian Birch

Main Color Group

Light Brown

Grain Pattern

Figured

Workability

Medium

Avg Dry Weight - LB/FT3

40

Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3

640

Janka Hardness - LBF

1210

Janka Hardness - N

5360

ImagePriceGradeDimensionsSKUBuyDescriptionhf:att:pa_grade
Birch - Masur
R230.0014 × 4.5 × 3.5 cmBIRMAS1016
Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 14 × 4.5 × 3.5 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Knife Block

S2S

Yes

Figure

Various

Knife Block – low Masur figure

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Birch - Masur
R230.0014 × 4.5 × 3.5 cmBIRMAS1015
Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 14 × 4.5 × 3.5 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Knife Block

S2S

Yes

Figure

Various

Knife Block – low Masur figure

a
Birch - Masur
R345.0014 × 4.5 × 3.5 cmBIRMAS1014
Out of stock

Knife Block – medium Masur figure

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Birch - Masur
R402.5014 × 4.5 × 3.5 cmBIRMAS1013
Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 14 × 4.5 × 3.5 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Knife Block

S2S

Yes

Figure

Various

Knife Block – good Masur figure

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Birch - Masur
R402.5014 × 4.5 × 3.5 cmBIRMAS1012
Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 14 × 4.5 × 3.5 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Knife Block

S2S

Yes

Figure

Various

Knife Block – good Masur figure

a
Birch - Masur
R402.5014 × 4.5 × 3.5 cmBIRMAS1011
Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 14 × 4.5 × 3.5 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Knife Block

S2S

Yes

Figure

Various

Knife Block – good Masur figure

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Birch - Masur
R172.5014 × 4.5 × 1.5 cmBIRMAS1010
Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 14 × 4.5 × 1.5 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Knife Scales

S2S

Yes

Figure

Various

Bookmatched Knife Scale – not stabilized – lowish figure – small taper one end

a
Birch - Masur
R230.0014 × 4.5 × 1.5 cmBIRMAS1009
Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 14 × 4.5 × 1.5 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Knife Scales

S2S

Yes

Figure

Various

Bookmatched Knife Scale – not stabilized – lowish figure

a
Birch - Masur
R345.0014 × 4.5 × 1.5 cmBIRMAS1008
Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 14 × 4.5 × 1.5 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Knife Scales

S2S

Yes

Figure

Various

Bookmatched Knife Scale – kerf loss seems to have reduced bookmatch quality – not stabilized

a
Birch - Masur
R460.0014 × 4.5 × 1.5 cmBIRMAS1007
Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 14 × 4.5 × 1.5 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Knife Scales

S2S

Yes

Figure

Various

Bookmatched Knife Scale – not stabilized

a
Birch - Masur
R460.0014 × 4.5 × 1.5 cmBIRMAS1006
Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 14 × 4.5 × 1.5 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Knife Scales

S2S

Yes

Figure

Various

Bookmatched Knife Scale – not stabilized

a
Birch - Masur
R460.0014 × 4.5 × 1.5 cmBIRMAS1005
Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 14 × 4.5 × 1.5 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Knife Scales

S2S

Yes

Figure

Various

Bookmatched Knife Scale – not stabilized

a
Birch - Masur
R2,989.7088.8 × 14.5 × 3.4 cmBIRMAS1004
Weight 3.3 kg
Dimensions 88.8 × 14.5 × 3.4 cm
Grade

AAA

Piece Type

Live Edged Board

S2S

No

Figure

Yes

Stunning board.

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Birch - Masur
R3,010.6194 × 15 × 3.5 cmBIRMAS1003
Weight 3.6 kg
Dimensions 94 × 15 × 3.5 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Live Edged Board

S2S

No

Figure

Yes

Lovely board with knots.

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Birch - Masur
R3,052.42105.5 × 14 × 3.8 cmBIRMAS1002
Weight 3.65 kg
Dimensions 105.5 × 14 × 3.8 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Live Edged Board

S2S

No

Figure

Yes

Lovely board with knots.

a
Birch - Masur
R1,811.9474.7 × 14 × 4 cmBIRMAS1001
Out of stock

Stunning board.

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