Fenchelholz, Fennel Wood, Red Sassafras, Sassafras, Silky Sassafras, White Sassafras
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The Sassafras genus is renowned for and distinguished by its aromatic properties. Its typically straight grains and coarse texture bear patterns which resemble Ash; and its generally tan to light brown coloration makes its appearance easy to mistake it as such, though sometimes tints ranging from pale orange to olive green can be present. Despite its relatively light dried weight (31 lbs/ft3 / 495 kg/m3), once dry it is considered to be dimensionally stable, with excellent durability and easy working properties.
Sustainability: Not currently listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Common Uses: Furniture, utility lumber, boatbuilding and turnings.
Comments: Given the trees’ small profile, Sassafras is better known for the oil derived from its root bark and fruit than for the lumber it yields. Since never viewed as a commercially viable timber — despite being indigenous to the US — boards and even craft- and turning-sized pieces are not that commonly offered here.
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