Larch grows all over the world, but Siberian Larch has been known for thousands of years as a very special wood.
Larch, even in its natural untreated state has the ability to withstand the elements without any evidence of rot setting in. This type of timber is much sought after for the reason of longevity without maintenance. The Siberian Larch or Russian Larch (Larix sibirica) is a frost-hardy tree native to western Russia, close to the Finnish border east to the Yenisei valley in central Siberia
Venice itself is standing on Siberian Larch, where Larch logs were driven into the silt, and the city was built on top. Venice still stands today after hundreds of years sitting on top of an incredibly rot resistant timber.
The wood is a golden yellow colour with a strong grain pattern. The trees are very slow grown, resulting in dense growth rings.
Unlike the British or European Larch, the knots in the Siberian species are light grey in colour and tend to stay solid, even after drying and machining.
Siberian larch is very resinous and extremely hard, making it one of the toughest and most durable softwoods in the world.
When used as cladding, Siberian larch is ideal for really exposed elevations or areas that are subjected to the elements where assurance of resistance is needed.
Siberian Larch verses Oak…A Larch can live 700 years, growing to 160′ tall and 8′ in diameter. A dense, slow growth Larch has a hardness like Oak (3.2 HBS Brinell scale), but even greater resistance to decay and rot due to high tannins.