Despite their names, hardwood and softwood are not actually classified by how hard they are. The distinction is instead related to the type of trees that the wood comes from and the way in which they reproduce. Hardwood comes from broad leaved deciduous trees such as ash, beech, elm, cherry and alder.
Although the qualities of hardwood are not universally defined, many of them are known for their density which makes it the perfect material for projects that require high levels of durability and strength. Hardwood is popular for making fine furniture and decorative doors or wall panels, but here are a few alternative suggestions of ways to make use of this resilient material:
Fender and Jackson use alder wood to make their iconic electric guitars. With a straight grain and even texture this wood provides a beautiful material for these lovingly crafted instruments.
Hardwood is robust and durable enough to withstand the impact of a baseball hurtling through the air at lightning speeds.
Ash has an intrinsic elasticity which gives it great pliability and allows it to be curved and shaped into a comfortable handle. Once set it boasts the strength to take the weight of a grown adult without risk of splitting.
Cherry wood is traditionally used to create decorative smoking pipes that are rich in colour and durable enough to last for many years.
Here at Sunningdale Timber we provide the highest quality of hardwood timber from a huge variety of trees. Every type of hardwood has its own individual qualities and aesthetics, so we are always happy to offer expert advice to help you decide which one will work best for you.
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