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Apple Malus sylvestris

Some of the fruitwood species, particularly cherry (Prunus serotina and P. avium) and pearwood (Pyrus communis), are silky smooth and have subtle pattern and color. Though it has something of the same coloring, apple does not match up to these species in many respects. The patterning and color are indistinct, and though it is a hard lumber, it often feels a bit woolly. It dulls tools, is hard to work, is not particularly stable and seasons poorly. Apple is, however, interesting to carve and turn. The wavy grain and hardness make it suitable for tool handles, but it is too brittle for bending.

Type Temperate hardwood
Other names Crabapple
Related species Hupeh apple (M. hupehensts), Japanese crabapple (M. floribunda), M. pumila, Pyrus malus
Sources United States, Europe, southwest Asia
Color Pale tan to pink, with variable darker streaks and little distinction between heartwood and sapwood
Texture Fine and even
Grain Wavy
Hardness Hard
Weight Medium to heavy (45 lb./cu. ft.) (720 kg/cu. m)

Apple is not easy to buy, and is most commonly obtained from local orchards rather than through lumberyards or even specialist suppliers. Some veneer and turning blanks are available. Apple is under no threat, but it is not sufficiently commercial to warrant certification.

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