When European explorers colonized America in the 17th century, they saw the magnificent cotton-fluffy poplar and couldn't resist bringing it home to Europe. The tree immediately became a popular tree planted in parks and gardens. Poplars grow fast, i.e. fast, but live short lives.
At Sweden's University of Agriculture, researchers believe that in 20 years it is possible to produce around 500,000 liters of poplar wood on an area the size of a football pitch. That's a lot of wood in a short time. With all this poplar wood, AlmaForm could, for example, produce around 200 tables per year, and that from just one soccer field.
Properties and use
Poplar has a light wood that varies from pale yellow to greenish, or cream-colored to yellow-brown/yellow-pink.
The light wood is suitable for painting, which makes poplar wood popular for use in kitchen doors, mouldings, toys and furniture. The wood is easily processed and good for both carving and turning.
For us at AlmaForm, the poplar is a fun element to have in the wooden box.
The quality is even and the wood produces little spillage. The fact that the type of wood also has an exciting appearance with few twigs has made poplar one of our favourites.
Facts & text: Ann-Sophie Gottryder