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Constructed using solid American Poplar wood. (Picture shown is only for illustrative purposes.)
Know your Wood: American Poplar
Each wood has its own character.
The single most characteristic feature of the American Poplar is its advantage of growing tremendously big, tremendously fast, making it one of the most environmentally-friendly timbers to be used for manufacturing furniture and other wood products.
Almost all poplars have the tendency to readily take root from cuttings or simply branches that have broken off and lie on the ground. They grow widely in North America, particularly in the virgin cove forests of the Appalachian Mountains, growing up to more than 50m in height, often with no branches until it reaches 25-30 metres, making it a very valuable timber tree! Moreover, it is one of the fastest-growing trees not plagued with problems of weak wood strength or short lifespan, as is suffered by most fast-growing tree species.
Many poplars are grown as ornamental trees, for their simple natural beauty and erect branching. Still others are used for the production of furniture because of the exceptional qualities of its timber - strength, reliance and environmental friendliness.
Poplar wood has a pale yellowish to olive green bark, a medium to fine texture and is straight grained. It has tendencies to darken on exposure to light and turns mildly browner. For this reason, Poplar is known to age very well. The Poplar timber is also prized for its versatility—ease of machining, planning, turning, gluing and boring. It also takes and holds paint, enamel and stain excellently.
Even more interestingly, the ravishing American Poplar has though history been used as an astringent, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory substance. It is effective in treating intermittent fevers, chronic diarrhoea, rheumatoid arthritis and urinary affections. It also has a fragrant aroma.