European Chestnut

Name European Chestnut (Castanea sativa)
Type Hardwood.
Other Names Also known as sweet chestnut and Spanish chestnut.
Sources Grows in southwest Europe, North Africa, and western Asia.
Appearance Straight or sometimes spiral grained with coarse texture, yellowish brown heartwood and narrow, pale-colored sapwood.
Physical Props Medium weight with low bending and crushing strength, very low stiffness and shock resistance, moderate decay resistance and poor stability in use.
Working Props Works fairly easily with hand or machine tools and has good screw and nail holding properties. Glues well and stains and polishes to an excellent finish. Natural acidity tends to cause blue-black stains when in contact with iron.
Uses Used for casks, coffins, poles, turned walking sticks, stakes, umbrella handles, furniture, kitchen utensils, bowls, and veneer.