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Author Topic: Balsam poplar/Cottonwood as building material?  (Read 30 times)

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Balsam poplar/Cottonwood as building material?
« on: Today at 11:46:15 AM »
Has anyone here ever used Cottonwood in a log-wall,or T.F.?
(or maybe even just heard tell of such;from what i hear it wasn't unheard of,out West,to build with cottonwood logs...).

My own experience is limited,and inconclusive.I do inhabit a small t.f. house where the posts,and a couple of 12' long beams are cottonwood.
Some have opened up a fairly radical check,yet others dinnt...
The outer surface on all remained decent-planed reasonably smooth initially,it hardened some with time,and looks and behaves adequately...

My only serious wonderment has to do with that punky-ish heartwood...
Hereabouts,at least,it's large,and contrasting in color,and makes one doubt it's structural integrity...

Any thoughts at all?  
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