Our Aspen Wood Excelsior is a naturally strong, durable fiber made from sustainably harvested Aspen logs that are processed through a shredding machine to create curled strands in a variety of lengths and thicknesses.
The unique curls with barbed edges create an interlocking feature that is ideal for use in erosion and sediment control, packing and shipping, and a wide variety of applications.
PRODUCT FEATURES AND BENEFITS
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WHAT IS EXCELSIOR AND HOW IS IT MADE?
Excelsior, known as wood wool in some parts of the world, is made by shredding aspen logs. Peeled and split aspen logs
are processed through a shredding machine which essentially shaves the log resulting in curled fibers of aspen wood, which are then compressed, baled and loaded on to trucks for transport.
Excelsior is a naturally strong, non-allergenic, durable fiber that is long-lasting. A variety of lengths and thicknesses can be produced for specific purposes. The unique curled strands with barbed-edges create an interlocking feature that is ideal for use in many diverse applications.
WAYS TO USE ASPEN EXCELSIOR
A/C AND COOLER PADS
One of Aspen’s characteristics is its water absorption and dissipation. This allows cooler pads made from Aspen Excelsior to be the best and most common option. Aspen provides a clean and odor-free pad, as well as being the most environment friendly option.
A primary application for Aspen Excelsior is in erosion control efforts. It was one of the first wood by-products used for this purpose. The unique interlocking structure of excelsior allows it to bond with the soil when wet. Once locked-in, the excelsior protects the soil surface while encouraging quick vegetation regrowth. Excelsior erosion control products are extremely durable and have a long lifespan. An all-natural, 100% biodegradable material, they will eventually compost leaving no residue behind.
Another use of Aspen Excelsior is in sediment control. Moving water transports loose materials such as rocks and soils. Utilized on slopes and in culverts or other water channels, wattles and erosion logs and tubes made of Aspen excelsior can help control and minimize sediment migration.
HYDRAULIC EROSION CONTROL PRODUCTS (HECP)
Aspen excelsior is also used in Hydraulic Erosion Control Products (HECP). In other words, a wood mulch applied by hydraulic methods – spraying. Once again, the unique interlocking features of the product, along with the weed-free nature of Aspen make it an ideal mulch. It even comes in different colors.
EXCELSIOR TARGET BACKSTOPS
Aspen Excelsior is the leading material used to make target backstops for the sport of archery. Highly compressed and solid, these super-absorbent fibers can be soaked to refresh and strengthen after use.
PACKING & SHIPPING ALTERNATIVE
Aspen Excelsior is an eco-friendly alternative product used for packing & shipping compared to Styrofoam or other options.
Aspen Excelsior is very popular for use in crafts and decorative applications such as wreaths and Christmas garlands. It is also used in gift boxes and baskets, floral arrangements, and other creative projects. Aspen Excelsior is very conducive to dying and coloring creating a variety of decorative uses.