MADRONE

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Botanical Name: Arbutus menziesii Madrone varies greatly in size, some trees reaching 125 feet in height with enormous branches sometimes stretching out over an area of 10,000 square feet. It offers a beautiful timber, which, though difficult to dry, can be given a remarkably smooth finish. Smaller madrone timber often has burl growths at its base; these are frequently developed into stunning veneers. It is also known as one of the best sources of charcoal for making gunpowder.

Other Names: Pacific madrone, arbutus, madrona. Sources: Canada and western U. S.A.

Characteristics: Straight to irregular grain; fine, even texture; pale reddish-yellowto deeper red or brown. Uses: Fine furniture, turning and decorative veneers. Workability: Satisfactory; blunts cutting edges rather severely; medium bending properties.

Finishing: Accepts finishes well.

Weight: 4S Ib./cu. ft.

Price: Moderate.

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