Birch trees are native to Northern Europe, North America, Canada and Russia. The wood from these trees was originally used to make canoes, baskets and baby cradles. Today it is used to make toothpicks, musical instruments, toys and skateboards!
At Beveledge, we use it in the making of some of our most popular furniture for our Urban by Beveledge collection. There are many reasons why we love this beautiful raw material:
Birch plywood is known for its durability. The process of forming the birch plywood reinforces the strength of the original piece of wood. Birch plywood is formed by layering up three or more layers of birch. This adds a great amount of stability and strength to the plywood.
Birch plywood does not have an intricate grain pattern, so it is perfect if looking for a smooth pale finish that adds a touch of elegance to the finished product. It doesn’t have many knots or jagged edges. It is smooth and is not known to splinter or crack. This makes it ideal for furniture and is especially suited for any child-friendly furniture.
Birch trees are abundant and fast growing. This means that there is no destruction or disruption of biodiversity when birch is felled. At Beveledge, we have a policy to only source wood from sustainable plantations, so birch is a perfect choice for us.
During the late 1960s and early 1970s, birch furniture was very on trend. We use it in our colour pop side tables, among other pieces, which are a nod to this era. Check them out here.