Name Hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)
Type Hardwood.
Other Names Also known as ironwood or poor man’s lignumvitae.
Sources Grows in United States, Ontario and parts of Mexico.
Appearance Fine grained with inconspicuous growth rings. Whitish sapwood and whitish to light brown heartwood, tinged with red.
Physical Props Very hard, heavy, strong, and shock resistant. Exceptional wear resistance. Low dimemsional stability and decay resistance.
Working Props Works like stone – dulls blades, produces lots of smoke during machining, and always requires pre-drilling for screws and nails.
Uses Used for splitting wedges, mallet heads, tool handles, levers, skids, canes, novelties, vehicle parts, dowels, drawer slides, utility furniture, furniture components, and fuel.