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Re: Oak vs Pine - a bundle of thoughts

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  • windsingersmoon
    One of the major exports out of Scandanavia was wood which was one of the few things they had an excess of, and much of that was Birch. Shara ... shows them
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      One of the major exports out of Scandanavia was 'wood'
      which was one of the few things they had an excess of, and much of
      that was Birch.
      Shara


      --- In medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com, Tom Rettie <tom@h...> wrote:
      > >What's your source on the birch in Scotland? What I've seen
      shows them
      > >using mostly oak for building (at least on the east coast) and
      points to
      > >a shortage of decent building timber in the 15th C.
      >
      > Ooops, I should have been more specific: highland Scotland. In the
      early
      > 19th century, J.C. Loudon went off a bit how those crazy
      Highlanders made
      > everything from birch. Given that oak doesn't generally do well in
      the
      > uplands, and it's a generally poor region to be importing stuff
      from
      > outside, it makes sense. My only real point was that we tend to
      focus on
      > oak and pine as the only two major materials, but there were many
      others,
      > some more popular than either in certain regions and at certain
      times.
      >
      > Tom R.
      >
      > ------------------------------------------------
      > Tom Rettie tom@h...
      > http://www.his.com/~tom/index.html
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