Its beautiful gloss and ripple marks are unique and popular.

A deciduous broadleaf tree in the genus Aesculus of the family Hippocastanaceae with diffuse-porous wood.

Its beautiful gloss and ripple marks are unique and popular. A related species, horse chestnut, is famous as street trees in Paris.

The ground nuts of this tree are used for making food such as rice cake and crackers.

The wood is dried easily, but often becomes warped, and decays fast under poor conditions. This wood with appreciative and decorative values is white-colored piece called ao-tochi. Non-uniform reddish-colored wood, like the color of false heartwood or a similar color, is called aka-tochi, which tends to be avoided.

Features

  • Ripple mark

    A ripple mark on the flat grain surfaces is a major characteristics of the Japanese horse chestnut wood. Wood with a ripple mark, called a “fiddleback” figure, is considered as precious wood in Japan. Another major Japanese timber with such clear ripple mark is Japanese persimmon.

    Uses
    • Furniture
    • Woodworking joints material
  • Unique wood grain

    This wood nature is highly varied since the trees never grow straight up, having irregular wood grains, and occasional “fiddleback” or “dimple” figures on the wood material surfaces. In particular, timber with complicated wood grains can be obtained near the root of old trees, many of which have a number of “fiddleback” figures, and are called tochi-jimi.

    Uses
    • Decorative materials for Japanese-style rooms
    • Violins
  • Popular since olden days

    This wood has been commonly used for various equipment. It used to be often utilized for making usu (Japanese traditional stamp mill) by hollowing it out, since the tree often grows big. The tree has been popular since the olden days for making tools, such as kneading bowls for making buckwheat noodles, rice paddles, and ladles.

    Uses
    • Usu (Japanese traditional stamp mill)
    • Rice paddles
    • Ladles