Locally grown version of a species which is originally native to Canada and the USA. It is not particularly dense but still tough, with low bending strength and stiffness, and medium resistance to shock loads. It works easily with both hand and machine tools. The wood can be nailed, screwed, stained and polished well. It can be prone to some movement, especially if it gets wet. In many cases it presents with quite an attractive sheen. We stock boards, slabs and beams in this well-priced locally sourced timber.
Sustainability: Not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Common uses: Light weight food containers such as cheese boxes, furniture interiors and fitments, and utility joinery.
Comments: It’s name comes from the “cottony” texture the wood has in rough board form.