February Wood of the Month: Poplar!

Scientific Name: Liriodendron tulipifera

Poplar, also known as yellow poplar or tulip poplar, is one of the more common, inexpensive, and versatile hardwoods in the United States. Its most recognizable characteristic is its green-to- brown heartwood, but some boards often contain streaks of gray and purple (and there’s even a rainbow variety).

It typically has a straight grain and is relatively soft, which makes it a good choice for carvers, but it can also be used for joinery projects, veneering, and furniture making, because it is both strong and lightweight.