Ice Birch; Birch Figured
Figured Hard Maple, Figured Sycamore
Sycamore (European), Maple (European), Swiss Pear, Alder, Sliced Birch
Approx. up the 65th parallel in Europe and Asia as well as in the Northeast of the United States and in southern Canada.
The Ice Birch form can develop in the European Birch as well as in the American "Yellow Birch". In Europe, this Birch is of economic significance for the veneer industry. It mostly occurs in Finland and in some regions of northern Russia. The latter are still relatively unknown as to their veneer economy. In the United States, the Figured "Yellow Birch" is found from Maine to Michigan and in the southern part of Canada from Quebec to Ontario.
In Europe, Ice Birch was a very popular wood for bedroom furniture in the fifties and sixties, with the demand having been covered by the European Birch. Today, Ice Birch is used for exclusive interior construction jobs and high quality furniture production. Due to its small dimensions, the European Ice Birch is almost always rotary-cut, whereas the American Ice Birch is always produced as sliced veneers.