Service tree

The Service tree or Sorb tree, is known for its dense and homogeneous wood. Sorbus domestica is indigenous to the whole Mediterranean area. Mentioned in ancient Greek literature, the Romans spread the species in whole Europe and made cider from its small apple-like fruits. In France we call it Cormier, its wood has always been used to make wooden planes and other tools because of its density and its stability. Exactly what is needed for bow making.

Like Yew, it has a reddish inner part providing one of the heaviest woods in Europe and an outer part which is lighter in colour and in weight. I bought enough wood for many bows at a nearby sawing mill, where it has been air dried since 2000. The hard wood will be used for quality bows, the outer parts seem to be perfect for study bows.

140 years old was this tree before it fell in the storm of 1999


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