Why the hornbeam ?

Hornbeams yield a very hard timber, giving rise to the name Ironwood. For general carpentry, hornbeam is rarely used, partly due to the difficulty of working it. Its hardness has however lent it to use for carving boards, tool handles, hand plane soles, coach wheels, piano actions and other situations where a very tough, hard wood is required. Its dense foliage and marcescent (not falling in autumn) can be confused with beech foliage.