Laburnum Hardwood


Laburnum, also known by its botanical name Laburnum anagyroides (Leguminosae), is a timber with a unique and beautiful grain. Newly cut heartwood is bright yellow with a greenish tint, darkening on exposure to golden-brown and then to deep brown. The sapwood is thin and almost white, and is separable from the heartwood. Laburnum has a straight-grained structure, with a fine texture and a glossy surface. It is also known for its growth-ring figure when flat sawn, and a decorative fleck when quarter sawn. Laburnum is a versatile timber, and is widely used for turnery, musical instruments, tools and much more. It is commonly sold in small billets, and is available from sustainable and legal sources.

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Also Called:
Golden Chain, Goldregen (German), Aubour (French)

Durability Notes:
Laburnum wood is a durable timber.

The drying and seasoning of Laburnum is dependant on a number of factors; the speed in which it is processed after felling and logging, the method of drying and the specific kilns or location (if air dried). Generally the care taken by those processing the wood will have an impact on its drying and seasoning. As an overview; Laburnum - should be seasoned slowly to avoid end checking and splitting , but does dry readily. There is little movement in service. Please note that all wood is liable to move when in service plus there can be dimensional change. The extent of this will depend on; the stability of the species itself, the conditions it is exposed to, the coating, decoration and protection. You will find more information about the suitability of this wood, for any proposed application, by using our interactive system and the filters shown.

Laburnum is hard and dense but works well with hands and machine tools. Laburnum turns well and can be cut into fine veneers. Laburnum takes a good finish. Since it is normally used in small sections, the other strength categories are not relevant.

Typical Uses:
Furniture, Cabinets, Musical Instruments, Gunstocks, Toys, Carvings, Turnery, Veneers.

Moisture Content:
Guide - 10-18% for KD (+/- 2%)

Commonly asked questions about Laburnum Wood

Is Laburnum a hardwood or a softwood? Laburnum is a hardwood. It is the same for; is Laburnum hardwood or softwood? - Laburnum is a hardwood.

Most groups/families of species share the same characteristics but this normally relates to their life as plants. Individual species do not always share the same characteristics as their relatives, in terms of the wood. Many factors influence how we use the wood and what we use it for, including where it grows, how it is forested, how it seasons/dries, etc. The answers to the following common questions, therefore relate to this particular species/wood and not the Laburnum family as a whole. Even more specific – our answers relate to the wood (as we know it) in its form as a useable resource.

What colour is Laburnum? Laburnum can be described as brown, dark brown, light brown

Is Laburnum good for outdoor use? or is Laburnum good for exterior use? Laburnum is most suited for exterior/external use. Laburnum can be used as an exterior/external timber (without treatment).

Whether the wood is naturally durable or not we would still recommend that it is decorated and/or coated with a suitable product to provide protection and/or maintain its appearance. This even applies when using the wood internally as, even subtle, changes in temperature or humidity will affect the wood. This will depend on the application/purpose of the wood and the user’s desired appearance. We also recommend that a recoating, care and maintenance programme is adhered to, for the life of an exterior wood. Wood cannot rot if it is kept dry – coatings and decoration can provide this protection. All of that said there are many durable timbers that are often left to weather naturally and will last for many years untreated/coated – movement and visual changes will occur but this is sometimes the desired effect. All wood is hygroscopic (it 'wants' to be in tune with its environment) it will therefore take on water from moisture in the air (or when directly exposed to or submerged in water) and ‘release it’ when dry or exposed to heat. This, inevitably, results in movement and dimensional change. For more about moisture in wood please click here - Moisture in wood

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