||Paper Birch (Betula papyrifera)
||Also known as canoe birch, red birch, silver birch, white birch, Canadian white birch and Kenai birch.
||Grows in Canada and northern United States.
||Straight grained with a fine, even texture. Pale-brown heartwood and creamy white sapwood.
||Moderately hard and heavy (lighter than other birches) with moderate shock resistance, stiffness and bending strength. Poor decay resistance and dimensional stability.
||Machines fairly well although it sometimes chips and tears during planing. Has moderate blunting effect on cutting edges. Excellent turning properties. Glues, stains and finishes satisfactorily. Susceptible to splitting – pre-drilling recommended for screws.
||Once used by American Indians to make canoes, now mainly used for plywood. Other uses include turnery – spools, bobbins, dowels and novelties, crates, toys, cooperage, baskets, ice cream spoons, medical spatulas, veneer, paneling, and pulp for writing paper.
||Resembles maple and is often used interchangeably with it.