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Posted on Mar 03, 2016

The Distinctive Language of English Elm

Sep 19, 2016


by Annie Breckenfeld

This month at Urban Hardwoods we’re celebrating the beauty and versatility of English elm. The species is prized by our woodworkers and custom clients alike for its durability and the graceful feathers and curves of its golden brown grain. We offer original handcrafted pieces built from salvaged English elm trees, along with in-production pieces and a wide selection of raw slabs waiting for your design inspiration. 

10 Interesting Facts About English Elms

·      No elm species are native to the Pacific Northwest.

·      English elms are fast growing and treasured for their urban shade.

·     100’s of English elm were planted in Seattle in the 1910s and 1920s.

·    Furniture makers prize English elm for its durability and versatility, both in terms of woodworking and good pairing with other, lighter and darker woods. 

·      English elm is closest to walnut in texture, grain patterning, and color.


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