Hornbeam leaf

Timber species


Almost white, like alabaster, hornbeam, has no discernable rings or grain.

Unremarkable one might say, it it weren't for the crazy changes brought about by spalting - the early stages of fungal decay - which give introduce black lines and dappled markings.

The result is one of the most beautiful - not to mention the hardest - of all UK hardwoods.

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Hornbeam spring leaves, by Jan Helebrant, licensed under CC0 Public Domain Dedication.

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