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Plum Prunus domestica
FRUITWOOD WITH A SMALL DIAMETER
Fruitwoods can be exquisite, with a fine, smooth and even texture and a subtle grain pattern. Plum is one of the nicest; it is very similar to black cherry, but perhaps with more color However, it is generally sold only in limited widths because the tree never grows very large, as the trunk doesn't grow very thick. This causes stability problems, and plum is used mainly for turning.

KEY CHARACTERISTICS

Type Temperate hardwood
Other names European plum, common plum
Sources Europe, North America
Color Creamy yellow sapwood and darker mid-brown heartwood with a hint of red or pink
Texture Fine and even
Grain Straight, with a subtle pattern and little contrast in density and workability between early and latewood rings
Hardness Medium
Weight Medium to heavy (45 lb./cu. ft.) (720 kg/cu. m)

AVAILABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY
The plum tree never grows very large nor lives that long, so supplies are likely to be limited. However, more will grow and it is not at risk. Sourcing plum may be more challenging, but it is not particularly expensive. The best place to buy plum is probably an orchard.


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