Birch, Karelian; Birch, Burl

Birch, Karelian; Birch, Burl

Trade Name

European Birch, Norway BurL Karelian BurL Karelian Birch, Alpine Burl

Origin

Northern Europe

Range

Birch Burl logs are primarily found in Central to East Finland and also in Russia (Karelia) in the extensive Birch forest stands there. However; it is always a case of just odd trees which have developed this special form of growth. It is either genetic or caused by the soil conditions and the location. There are strict yelling quotas in Finland which are stringently controlled. As a general rule the usable length for veneer is from 50 cm to 150 cm. To be considered as absolutely rare are usable logs of 200 cm to 300 cm in length. Due to their small diameter Birch Burl logs are rotary cut. This is why the width of the veneer sheets is generally greater than their length. One log rarely yields more than 3-4 bundles.

Uses

High quality architectural woodwork.

Colour

Beige