Samedi 08 mars 2014
The wood of the chestnut tree has essential qualities which make it useful in many ways: flexibility, resistance to rotting and easily split, etc. It is most often exploited in coppices (wood which is cut every 7-8 years).
This results in many different products: stakes, fences, wicker-coverings (small strips which are used for making wickerwork articles such as chairs or baskets), hoops (sticks taken from the bottom of the chestnut, split in two along the grain of the wood, in order to make the hoops for barrels or to make lobster pots).
Nowadays, designers and cabinet-makers use it to make contemporary indoor and outdoor furniture and it is widely used by gardeners for urban decoration.