The Strongest Wood - Interesting article with woods ranked

Nice little article with big spreadsheet.

Specs are interesting - direct link to xls spreadsheet

On a related note I do love the landuage in this article.

[Onion Article] My Wood Is Strong [/Onion Article]

Oh c’mon people! Where are the jokes?

I’m sitting here trying to come up with the perfect female celebrity to reference. Gimme a minute.

Like Natalie Merchant you mean? No wait, that’d be dumb …

Take your hat off, boy, or you’ll be there when she feeds the trees.

Wood density and strength vary within species to such an extent (even excluding abnormal growth like compression and tension wood), that any worthwhile study on wood properties would need a very large number of specimens per species. I wonder if that was done here? Also, many of the very densest and strongest woods grow only to small dimensions and are therefore rarely found in comparisons like this. Most of the woods I use for my selfbows because of their exceptional strength and elasticity are practically never found in lumberyards or wood dealers. I do prefer self-harvested wood for many other reasons, too (keep the jokes coming!)

Number 2: The Larch.

I thought the strongest Woods were Tiger. :slight_smile:

I came in here to say that! Curse you!