Applewood Use/Value?

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John Keeney notes:

It also is good for tool handles, various types of woodenware (spoons, etc.), and furniture (if you can find large enough pieces). It makes nice looking bowls, is a good sound (tone) wood often used in dulcimers around here, and is generally useful. It tends to have odd grain and knots because development is usually "trained" by growers aiming at fruit production. It is not a commercial wood, seldom is available except for chance finds, which are worth getting. It is also fairly difficult to season, because it must come along very slowly to prevent checking and warping. It does reasonably well when air dried.
For those who live in apple producing areas, check local orchards. When they clear out trees, they clear out a lot of them, and it may be hard for them to get rid of the wood. Help them out.
Charlie Self "Bore, n.: A person who talks when you wish him to listen." Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

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