Use for Willow

What is willow good for, if anything? 

Richard Jones: Cricket bats are traditionally made of willow. Salicin from the bark has medicinal uses, easing aches, pains and fever going back millennia.

Michael Dresdner: Willow is the wood of choice for the locking blocks and wedges used when applying horsehair to a violin bow. It also shows up in boxes, basket bottoms, and both as solid wood and decorative veneer on furniture.

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