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Recently the Amish have been using elm.  You may have heard of “Dutch Elm Disease”.  This is killing off many Elm trees in the US.  Elm is a “stringy wood” to work with any many people actually use it for firewood or building pallets.

Are master Amish craftsmen build Elm furniture dining tables and chairs, along with some bedroom sets.  Elm has a very unique grain pattern.  I think it looks like Turkey feathers.  It’s one of those woods that either you love it, or you don’t!  Elm only looks good in the medium to dark color line and we don’t have any light stain choices to offer.  Elm is difficult to sand smooth on the wood edges, so you may find some spots with a small chip or rough spot.  Elm is about the same hardness as Cherry wood.