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Cinnamon wood. Has anyone used it?

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Does anyone here have experience using cinnamon wood? I've searched all over the internet and every search brings me to people trying to sell bark or other spices. The only thing I found that looks like it was actually made from the wood of the tree, were a few crude looking spoons.

I've searched for cinnamon chairs and boxes and you name it and it turns out that manufacturers are using it as a color description and that they aren't using cinnamon wood.

I'm not expecting to find huge items made of this, since they are typically cut when 4 to 6 in in diameter, for bark harvest. But if there are chairs or utensils or woven items made from it , I'd be interested in seeing them.

I'm considering cinnamon as one of my spice crops, for the southern Philippines. It is much more attractive to me if the lumber is actually useful. I also couldn't find anything on how hard the lumber is.

It is cut on a two-year rotation and comes up from coppice, so I imagine that I would accumulate quite a bit of it, so I hope it's more than firewood.

Any information would be appreciated.
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These pictures from Sri Lanka show people processing true cinnamon. The diameter of these sticks is much smaller than what I've read elsewhere. But much of world Supply comes from China and it's a related species because it's too cold in China to grow true cinnamon.

I want to grow whichever one makes the most economic sense, and that includes the wood value. True cinnamon is considerably more expensive as a spice, so perhaps it will be determined just by that. I'm looking at growing rattan to the top of many of my long-lived trees like mango and neem. I could see using cinnamon, or nutmeg, or clove wood for legs and frames and then rattan for the seats and backs of chairs and couches. Many spice trees are naturally bug repellent, so I think they would make sense to use as furniture wood, if they prove to be workable and durable.
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Here in my neck of the woods, the only thing I've seen cinnamon used in was woodcarving projects. I'm guessing that is because the woodcarvers only get small pieces to work with. A local carver had a few cinnamon wood pieces on his display table recently and I think there was a small box, a wooden pen, a bookmarker, some ornamental Hawaiian fish hooks, and a pair of candlestick holders.  I did admire a bowl that had wood inlays, some of which were cinnamon.

I'm growing a cinnamon tree for this particular woodcarver. It's been growing for a while and is now 6" diameter at the base. Larry says he's not yet ready to harvest it. So it will grow for a while longer before it gets turned into decorative bowls and boxes.
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