7 tim­ber trees

NZ Lifestyle Block - - In The Home Orchard -

Noth­ing to do with or­chards you say? Wrong. These trees pro­vide in­ter­nal shel­ter and many of them are also fruit-bear­ing. The bonus is their leaves fall in au­tumn to cre­ate soil hu­mus full of nu­tri­ents.

I am in­ter­ested in grow­ing carv­ing and turn­ing tim­bers to make trin­kets and fur­ni­ture in my old age, and just for fun, to see if they will grow. Luck­ily coastal shel­ter en­ables the pro­duc­tion of some fab­u­lous north­ern hemi­sphere tim­ber trees.

• black wal­nut,

carve

• ch­est­nut, Castanea sativa • Lin­den/lime, Tilia platy­phyl­los • English oak, Quer­cus robur,

slow grow­ing but worth the wait • wych elm, Ul­mus glabra, also slow grow­ing but worth the wait • ash, Frax­i­nus ex­cel­sior, grows quite fast in rainy cli­mates and is a good sta­ble tim­ber for fur­ni­ture, al­low­ing it­self to be steam-bent bet­ter than most oth­ers • Alder spp, grows like topsy, and the or­ange wood is great for shoe­mak­ers, fire­wood, and char­coal pro­duc­tion, as another diver­si­fi­ca­tion of your self­suf­fi­cient lifestyle or­chard.

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