Hornbeam and oak are in a close, almost symbiotic relationship; it is said that the oak is the 'master' of the hornbeam, but who owes his 'servant' for his superior characteristics.
pale, yellow-white color with a fine, even texture
very hard and heavy
suitable for tool handles and flooring
strong and tough
good resistance to bending
ideal for carving
In the early stages of forest development, oak protects the young hornbeam trees from excessive and potentially fatal insolation with its shade, and in the later stages of development the hornbeam returns the favor by 'cleaning' the shaded branches on the trunk of oak tree, thus improving its technical properties.
Thanks to its hardness and wear resistance, hornbeam has played an important role in the history of warfare. Its ‘iron wood’ proved to be the ideal material for building the deadliest weapon of the old world - the chariot of war.
Hornbeam is still in demand for the production of wooden wheels for carriages and for all other purposes where the hardness of the material is required.
Because of its hardness, hornbeam has not found much application in carpentry, but it has proven to be an excellent material for making tools, musical instruments and in the shipbuilding. Due to its durability and characteristic structure, hornbeam parquet is also on the price.
Hornbeam is a beautiful, dense hardwood with a wide range of applications.MORE