||European Chestnut (Castanea sativa)
||Also known as sweet chestnut and Spanish chestnut.
||Grows in southwest Europe, North Africa, and western Asia.
||Straight or sometimes spiral grained with coarse texture, yellowish brown heartwood and narrow, pale-colored sapwood.
||Medium weight with low bending and crushing strength, very low stiffness and shock resistance, moderate decay resistance and poor stability in use.
||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.
||Used for casks, coffins, poles, turned walking sticks, stakes, umbrella handles, furniture, kitchen utensils, bowls, and veneer.