Applewood has also been used for printing. In a workshop in the Lankes orchard in Gardenville, New York, Julius John Lankes (1884-1960) cut his first wood engravings on applewood and printed them on a Washington handpress. Lankes would go on to become a notable illustrator and printer elevating woodblock printing as a technique beyond illustration and working commercially with his publisher brother Frank.
And from the physical to the metaphysical, applewood has played a part in many myths and folklore. Believed to contain potent properties it is applewood that is favoured for the creation of the most powerful wands – including that of the famous Harry Potter. J.K.Rowling appears to have borrowed from Norse folklore when describing the applewood wand holder as being ‘well-loved and long-lived’.