Botanical Name: Salix nigra While its European cousin is used most notably in cricket bats, black willow is most frequently used in North America by school woodworking shops; it is the most commercially valuable of the more than 100 types of native North Kmerican willows. Willow’s strength and relative lightness make it the clear choice for artificial limbs.
Other Name: Black Willow.
Sources: Canada, Eastern U. S.A. and Mexico. Characteristics: Light, tough wood; straight grain; fine texture; grayish-brown with reddish-brown streaks. Uses: Artificial limbs, toys, wickerwork, baskets, boxes, crates, decorative veneers.
Workability: Satisfactory; maintain sharp cutters to prevent fraying; poor bending properties; often contains reaction wood.
Finishing: Accepts finishes well.
Weight: 26 Ib./cu. ft.