Sassafras Veneer

Sassafras veneer

Sassafras is a Native American name used by the Spanish and French in Florida in the middle of the 16th Century. It can be found through most of the eastern half of the United States, from Ontario and Texas eastward.

Sassafras is easily confused with black ash, which it resembles in color, grain, and texture and, while the narrow sapwood is light yellow, the heartwood varies from dull greyish-brown to dark brown, sometimes with a reddish tinge, resembling ash or chestnut.

Sassafras veneer is coarse-grained, straight and freshly cut surfaces have a characteristic spicy aromatic odour. Sassafras was highly prized for dugout canoes, and some Sassafras lumber is still used for small boats.

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