For many centuries larch was used for the construction of structures and items, intended for long-term exploitation at significant loads, such as bridges and port berths, telegraph poles, mine props, wooden structures in shipbuilding etc. As a classic example construction of the city of Venice in the V-IX century should be mentioned, which was based on Siberian Larch piles. Ten to fourteen centuries later part of the piles was surveyed - larch wood looked fossilized and with difficulties obeyed mechanical tooling, but at the same time concrete piles cannot withstand prolonged exposure to sea water. Another example - the Trojan pile bridge over the Danube stood 1,800 years. There are homes and churches in Russia that are estimated to have been standing for over 800 years.
It is also known that the Vikings sailed in ships made from Siberian Larch.
Until the middle of XIX century in Russia selling of Siberian larch and use for civil purposes was prohibited by law. The pretext being that it is necessary for military buildings' construction, shipbuilding, railway construction and building of infrastructure. Exceptions, that were granted with larch material was the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg, a few churches and the Kremlin. Export was practically banned or very limited, so the Siberian larch wood was relatively unfamiliar to the outside world.
Using of Siberian Larch
Siberian larch is becoming extremely important and valuable material in the global timber market. Customers highly appreciate this wood species because of its hardness and density, highlighting its longevity as well as the wood's biological resistance to the impact of extreme external conditions. In addition, it should be mentioned that the larch wood has pleasant colors and nice design structure.
Because of its extraordinary properties and beauty, Siberian larch is widely used for decking, siding, different building materials, wooden houses, window and door frame, garden furniture, hydro-building, docks, ships and boats as well as agricultural technical constructions, electricity poles and musical instruments.
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