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Turkish Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens) is a very hard tough close-grained, light yellow wood used in delicate woodwork, musical instruments, inlays and engraving blocks.
As is best I can tell, the supply of Turkish Boxwood was kaput by midway through the time of our Civil War. So what was so important the Turkish Boxwood? The craze of the day was roller skating. For that you needed tough-as-nails wooden rollers (trucks). What to do? Find a North American substitute! Got it, the dogwood
One of requirements of the Civil War was for uniforms. That meant cloth and looms and dogwood wood shuttlecocks. The dogwood wood like the Turkish boxwood wood is long lived, close grained and easy to carve. Since it was introduced to Europe around 1550 AD
Boxwood growers in central Virginia include: Amherst, Waynesboro, Afton, Ivy, and Blandy Farm. Blandy Farm is the seat of the American Boxwood Society. The Society maintains a research collection of living boxwood verities.
Dogwood timber currently sells for about 10$ per pound
Photo: Vivian Garrido, Dual-licensed under the GFDL and CC-By-SA-2.5, 2.0, and 1.0