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Sassafras

Sassafras albidum
Also known as |
Fenchelholz|Fennel Wood|Red Sassafras|Sassafras|Silky Sassafras|White Sassafras
Sassafras Lumber @ Rare Woods USA

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.

Not currently listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Why We Love This Wood

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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    Vital Statistics
    Main Color GroupMedium Brown
    Grain Pattern Pronounced
    Avg Dry Weight - LB/BF2.6
    Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3495
    Janka Hardness - LBF630
    Janka Hardness - N2800
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    SASSAF1104_1

    $23.25

    SASSAF1104
    0.94" x 5.63" x 58.13"

    Skip planed

    SASSAF1103_1

    $28.72

    SASSAF1103
    0.88" x 6" x 58.63"

    Skip planed

    SASSAF1102_1

    $21.88

    SASSAF1102
    0.94" x 5.81" x 48.06"

    Surface defect, Edge defect, Crack

    SASSAF1101_1

    $25.06

    SASSAF1101
    0.88" x 6" x 48.25"

    Skip planed

    SASSAF1100_1

    $21.32

    SASSAF1100
    1.06" x 4.5" x 60.06"

    Edge defect, Surface defect

    SASSAF1099_1

    $19.51

    SASSAF1099
    1" x 4.5" x 60.31"

    Edge defect

    SASSAF1098_1

    $25.48

    SASSAF1098
    0.88" x 5.56" x 60.13"

    Edge defect, skip planed

    SASSAF1097_1

    $23.94

    SASSAF1097
    0.94" x 5.56" x 58.63"

    Surface defect, Crack, Skip planed

    SASSAF1096_1

    $28.56

    SASSAF1096
    1" x 5.94" x 59.13"

    Edge defect, Surface defect

    SASSAF1095_1

    $29.60

    SASSAF1095
    0.88" x 6" x 61.31"

    Surface defect

    SASSAF1094_1

    $26.36

    SASSAF1094
    0.88" x 5.63" x 58.5"

    Surface defect, Edge defect

    SASSAF1093_1

    $26.08

    SASSAF1093
    0.94" x 5.63" x 57.94"

    Bark inclusion, wormhole

    SASSAF1092_1

    $32.76

    SASSAF1092
    0.81" x 6" x 60.25"

    Crack

    SASSAF1091_1

    $32.94

    SASSAF1091
    0.94" x 5.94" x 60.69"

    Crack

    SASSAF1090_1

    $26.84

    SASSAF1090
    1" x 5.63" x 60.31"

    Bark inclusion, Edge defect

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