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steamed beech

Bill Tindall, E.Tn.
I first encountered European beech at a trade show of lumber suppliers. I was told it is steamed to make it more stable and easier to dry without defects. It would be easy to spot for at least what I saw was an attractive pink. Makes sense because steaming removes some lignin and may alter what is left behind. Cellulose molecular weight my be lessened too because one can smell furfural(cellulose decomposition product) around a steamer steaming.

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