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Karelian Birch Burl Wood Veneer

cat-kirelian-birch-burl.jpgOur stock level of these Karelian birch burl wood veneer sheets is sure to show how much we like this species. Though its not often considered a true "burl", it is exceedingly beautiful. Large forests of birch can be found in Karelia but the flame/burl figure is uncommon and highly sought-after. The Finnish government requires loggers and lumber producers to follow exacting guidelines and abide by quotas which are strictly enforced. Some organizations believe that the burl formation is caused by unusual soil conditions but the theory is scientifically unsupported.

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Common Name:
  Masur Birch, Kirelian Birch, Alpine Burl, Norway Birch
Scientific Name:
  Betula pendula
Family:
  Betulaceae
Color:
  Creamy white with tan "flames" and dark brown burl outlines
Origin:
  Northern Europe (specifically between Finland and Russia)
Hardness:
  Primarily hard
Texture:
  Smooth texture with occasionally coarse burl "pips"
Finishing:
  Readily accepts stains and finishes
Did You Know:   Karelian birch burl logs are generally rather small so to maximize the log yield, veneer mills typically use a rotary slicing method (similar to pulling paper towels off a roll). This provides wider veneer sheets with a more consistant pattern from edge to edge.

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