Although plywood dates back to the ancient Greek and Egyptian era, it wasn’t until the end of the 18th century that sailors saw plywood as a viable product for shipbuilding. Today, plywood is used in all types of products that serve different functions, but plywood cut to size specifically is used in furniture production and carpentry.
Manufacturers make plywood from softwoods (beech or pine) and hardwoods (birch, oak, teak or mahogany). Usually, plywood comes in large sheets and is cut to size for various applications such as furniture, housing construction and packaging. When it comes to furniture making and the woodworking industry, birch is a species that is widely used due to it beeing quite cost-effective, relatively hardwearing and having an attactive apparence thanks to its grain and colour.
Birch trees are the ultimate renewable resource, with virtually every part of the tree employed by many industries. We make brooms, and sauna whisks out of twigs, furniture and flooring out of timber. Plywood mills use waste and residue to make other materials and as boiler fuel for energy production. Back in the day, people used the bark in roofing, canoe building, and even the sap in winemaking!
Birch trees are abundant species found in the forests of the northern hemisphere and are widespread across Canada, Russia and most of Northern Europe, in particular countries bordering the Baltic. They are relatively fast-growing and support a myriad of different wildlife and, when managed as a sustainable forest resource, do not impinge on the natural biodiversity.
Birch plywood, when sustainably sourced, is definitely ‘The Natural Choice’.