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.
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