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White Willow Salix alba
A UTILITY LUMBER WITH A SPORTING HISTORY
Willow is not used commercially for much beyond cricket bats, though it is a useful utility lumber for mass-produced items and plywood, and it is also cut for decorative veneer. The patterning is subtle and boards are relatively easy to work, but as with other soft, fibrous species, tool edges must be very sharp. Willow lacks durability and strength and it cannot be bent without breaking.

KEY CHARACTERISTICS
Type Temperate hardwood
Other names Willow, common willow
Related species Black willow (S. nigra), crack willow (S. fragilis), cricket bat willow (S. alba var. caerulea)
Sources Europe, Middle East and North Africa; black willow (S. nigra) is grown in the United States
Color Pale cream to tan or light brown; often has shimmering silvery figure and some darker streaks or ring lines
Texture Uniformly fine
Grain Straight
Hardness Soft to medium
Weight Light (21-28 lb./cu. ft.) (340-450 kg/cu. m)

AVAILABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY
Because willow is not a commercially important lumber, it is not widely available. It is, however, relatively cheap.



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