turning and furnishings

Wood turners love working with hawthorn as it is a denser wood than ash, and turns well green too. I have heard a woodturner describe working with Hawthorn as like using a butter curling knife when the butter temperature is just right.

Turners tend to make lamps and ornate items with hawthorn, but being a very hard wood, Hawthorn is great for creating useful mallets. Blocks on old sailing ships were once made with Hawthorn.

Because Hawthorn is not widely available as a working wood, and when it is it usually has small width, I have not come across it much in furniture making. I have seen some Orkney chairs made with Hawthorn. These are chairs made with oat straw and traditionally the frames made from shore driftwood. Sometimes people would get Hawthorn from Caithness on the Scottish mainland.

construction carpentry

Superstition tends to prevent Hawthorn wood being used in construction, though I am sure it could be very useful if fear of the effect of the fae was not present. Hawthorn could be a good alternative to willow in cob house construction, I would think. However, where would there be a situation where Hawthorn is more abundant than willow, so this use is unlikely for practical supply reasons

other crafts

I have seen Hawthorn used to craft very special small boxes for items such as jewellery and tarot cards.

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