Curly birch (Betula pendula var. carelica)
Curly birch grows wild in Scandinavia, the Baltic region, Carelia and Belarus. In Finland the wild curly birch is extremely rare and it only grows in the southern part. However, cultivated curly birch is grown nearly all over the country. The curly birch we use is cultivated, not wild, and we buy it from a local supplier. The striking curly birch suits best for the smaller parts of an instrument, such as the headplate and heel cap. Sometimes we also use it for the fingerboard and bridge.