Red Birch. B.nigra


I was surprised to see a red birch offering of some corbels at osbornewood.com. (That would bolt on nicely to a visit in that direction.) I am going to need 4 nice corbels for an island I'm commissioning for a granite customer of mine. The red birch corbel I'm looking at is more than twice the money than the same piece made from cherry or even walnut, I ask: WTF is so special about red birch?
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Well, if you check your Latin text, you'll find what you have is "black" birch. Up here they also call it cherry birch. Some say it's a species, some say just a genetic sport of B leutea. Bark gets as black as cherry bark when mature, even breaks up a bit rather than giving that thin peeling look.
It's pink when fresh cut, but when oiled, gets a sort of open-grained cherry look to it. Pretty.
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Ah, the unreliability of common names. Betula nigra is usually called River or Red Birch. B. lenta is usually called black or sweet birch (has a wintergreen taste and odor in the twigs) B. leutea is mostly called yellow birch.(my most recent taxonomy source gives the name B. alleghaniensis so scientific names are only a little more reliable).

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