Larch (Larix, decidua)
Trade Names: Larch
Origin: Central Europe
Range: Alps, Carpatheans, Sudeten, South Poland, also cultivated in the USA and in a few areas in Northern and Eastern Europe.
Uses: Sliced veneer for faces, furniture, lining and paneling.
Properties: Dark brown to dark red-brown color. Resin pockets, resin knots, interlocking and shakes cause slight problems when slicing.
Machining: Larch is easy to work with all hand and machine tools. However, exuding resin can easily contaminate tools and cause sticking.
Seasoning: As a general rule Larch is easy and quick to dry. It must also be remembered that it tends to warp.