Hornbeam is only considered to be a native species in Southern England. It is, however, often found in Scotland. It is a white wood with attractive flecks and swirls in its grain. It has a beautiful smooth finish often compared to ivory.
Hornbeam is a very dense hardwood and is now used for new furniture or turnery. It is exceptionally hard and was once the main source of very hard wood in Britain, and was available in larger sizes than the equally prized boxwood. Its name originates from its use in oxen yokes (the beam between the horns) which were subjected to considerable wear. It was also traditionally used to make mill cogs, piano parts, chopping blocks, pulleys, mallets etc anything that required a high resistance to wear
Reprocessed as woodchip or as biomass for energy generation
Association of Scottish Hardwood Sawmills - www.ashs.co.uk
Easy - abundant supply