Interwood Forest Products

Chestnut (Castanea, sativa)

Trade Names:  Chestnut, Sweet Chestnut

Origin:  Europe, Asia.

Range:  Western and Southern Europe, Asia Minor, North Africa,. The growing region of this tree, which loves warmth, is about the same as the wine growing area. The Horse Chestnut is another botanical species which only plays a subordinate role in the wood industry.

Uses:  Face veneer, furniture, paneling, stairs, parquet, special wood for shipbuilding and pilings, lumber.

Properties:  The heartwood is tan to light brown in color and is resistant to fungi but not insects. The wood is not resistant to the weather but very durable when placed under water. Frequently used in Southern Europe (Italy, Spain) for mass-produced furniture.

Machining:  The machining of dry wood presents no special problem. It can be easily planed, profiled and turned.

Seasoning:  Kiln drying should be carried out slowly and carefully. There is a tendency to check and warp when dried with circulating air. Satisfactory drying is only achieved with the greatest of care.

A typical specimen for Chestnut (Castanea, sativa)