Elm is one of the toughest species of plant that can withstand harshest of weather conditions, even temperatures as low as minus forty degree. Can line for more than hundred years and escape diseases and damage.
Because of its beautifully arching growth and its tolerance to external factors, it has been used as shade trees in the streets in many a country. Its crossed grain wood makes it highly tough and strong, and so strong that its branches hardly have been found broken. Looking at its strength and beautiful appearance old elm wood has been used extensively for many purpose – mainly as exclusive furniture range.
Advantages of using old elm wood:
Firstly, elm wood is a tough wood type that is sexy, strong and very high mechanical strength. It is one of the first choice for carvings. Elm wood’s heartwood and sapwood have different texture and characteristics, making it a good choice of furniture manufacturers.
The sapwood is dark yellow, whereas, the heartwood is grey and violet in texture. Moreover, apart from the texture the surface is very smooth making it a preferred choice for elegantly carved crafts and lacquer arts.
Chinese elm wood features simple, bright, gorgeous and elegant furniture.
Characteristics of Old Elm Wood:
Old elm wood tones ranges from medium dark brown to lighter shades of brown with reddish hue of red strips. All types of elm wood – American, Chinese or Rock: have interlocked, well defined grains that makes it highly resistant to splitting. Elms wood is classified as a hard wood as well as having an uneven texture. It highly extreme bending capabilities makes it highly preferred in making different kind of furniture with specialty of bent wood. All because of the infamous Dutch elm disease killing thousands of elm trees, the living ones are considered rare and highly expensive wood type.
What makes them so expensive ?
Elm trees needs extensive care so that they can stay alive and grow healthy. Some of these care process needs to be administered regularly, while some intermittently or periodically, like the roots needs to be soaked regularly and if the leaves show yellowing that indicated that it needs water.
The need to fertilize the trees twice a year with slow nitrogen release and several other processes makes it very exclusive and highly expensive to maintain. Hence, it is so expensive. Moreover, with the Dutch elm disease destroying thousands of tress every year makes these tress a rare plant species and thereby very expensive. Moreover, looking at its qualities of living more than hundred year – longevity, highly bendable and flexibility, sturdiness, strong built are some of the vital reasons, why elm wood is expensive.
Despite all the facts – extensive care and expensive, elms are always a popular choice be it for plantation at the home backyard garden or making exclusive furniture. It large and dome like canopy shaped branches and leaves makes it a favored choice by municipalities and association to plant and maintain them by the streets, gardens and other public places. Nevertheless, old elm is exclusive not only in its variety but also in the quality furniture and other products that are made out of it.