OK, I realise that there are a number of varieties of hornbeam, so if you will indulge me, please read on.
I have found a reference to the use of hornbeam in the 1870’s in Massachusetts, by a man who seems to have started the first American Fan production.
I am looking to see if he cut the thin sticks that he would have needed himself from local varieties, or if he was importing European hard woods, but in the meantime I wondered if anyone was familiar with this particular wood.
If it was available as a veneer, I would need straight grain, rather than crown cut, the former being difficult to find over on this side of the pond.
So if any one can give me a pointer, I’d be very grateful.