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European Larch Larix decidua
EVENLY STRIPED SOFTWOOD WITH MANY RELATIVES
Like many softwoods, European larch is characterized by large annular rings, with dark red-brown latewood bands. However, the texture is more even than in some softwoods, and the lumber is harder and stronger, so it is preferred for some joinery and for structural uses. It was often the wood of choice for telephone poles and pit props used in mines. Woodworkers need to look out for knots and for splitting.

KEY CHARACTERISTICS
Type Temperate softwood
Other names L. europaea
Similar species Western larch (L. occidentalis), tamarack larch (L. laricina), Siberian larch (L. russica or L. sibirica), Japanese larch (L. kaempferi or L. leptolepis)
Sources Europe
Color Alternating bands of light brown and darker reddish brown, with an overall orange-red hue
Texture Evenly fine
Grain Straight
Hardness Hard for a softwood
Weight Medium, but relatively heavy for a softwood (37 lb./cu. ft.) (590 kg/cu. m)

AVAILABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY

Available in Europe from certified sources, which does ensure some degree of blodlversity for softwood forests. Even so, European larch is not endangered and the lumber is safe to use. Cost is moderate.


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