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Old 10th May 2011, 10:53 AM
Jon Jon is offline
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I am probably the only one who has used English Elm, bought the lot at a timber yard in 94 though was naturally dried.
Cant remember but done well in excess of 10 stocks from it and have enough for one large stock left.

To give you some idea of the strength i had a 3 foot strip approx 1/2" thick and got a 20 stone customer to jump on it raised at both ends. It eventually broke after 6 attempts jumping on it on par with birch laminates from US.
As a comparison that american black kiln dried from lumber yard in abundance is too brittle, slightest impact it will go with thumbhole and integral trigger cutout. The stuff from Oregan is pretty good though and works totally different although kiln dried.

Main reason Elm isnt used is because nearly all the trees were cut down, think it was in the 60's with the epidemic of Dutch Elm disease, therefore not available.
Sure they used to make coffins out of it.

Have seen as many as 7 different colours in a stock, looks great with that zig zig pattern that changes colour with direction looked at.
Usually light yellowish in colour in general but do have a few stocks were areas are very dark brown like rough sanded and finished american black.
Works well with power and hand tools in fact better than most walnuts inc plus you can get a mirror finish and depth.

In the drying process, hope it dont crack or split which might not be visible until you start working with it. Saying that, it will still be stronger than most woods.
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