Quality and attributes of kelo wood
There are no standard criteria for the quality of kelo wood. Grey wood which is hard on the surface is ideal for construction. On the one side it may also have some bark left and the color may be brown. Surface and interior must be free of decay and damage. Typical for kelo wood is the patina as well as the fact that small surface imperfections disappear of their own accord.
The less costly second quality kelo wood can be used for building storage spaces or shelters, but is mainly used as raw material for lumber because there the red interior of the log is most visible. The red interior develops when the diameter of the tree grows more and more slowly due to its age. Fresh wood from the tree’s interior is not so easy to distinguish from the surface, but as it dries, kelo lumber, aided by light and air, develops a beautiful red sheen.
Kelo lumber is well suited for ceilings, panels and trims, furniture and interior design. Rounded pieces can be cut from the surface of kelo wood and walls built from these pieces look like kelo logs. Kelo beams are a particularly solid product as well.
Kelo wood prices are not only dependent on the quality but also on the diameter of the treetop. The most inexpensive 17-24 cm thick kelo wood is used to build storage spaces or small saunas. Kelo wood which is 25 cm or larger is used for building houses.
Vacation homes in Lapland are generally built from kelo wood which is 27 cm or larger. The most imposing and valuable of these, some of which almost resemble castles, are built from so called “Mammoth kelo”, which means that the treetop measures almost 50 cm!
Kelo wood is generally delivered in lengths of 4-7 meters. If so required, it is possible to pick out lengths up to 12-13 meters for beams and longer walls.