Beech Hardwood Flooring

wood-sample-beech-largeFound primarily in northeast U.S. and Canada, beech is a heavy, pale-colored, medium-to-hard wood used widely for chairs and stools. Sometimes called the "Mother of the Forest" for the nutrient rich humus it provides to surrounding flora and fauna, beech has a long and illustrious past. The first people to use a written language, the Aryan tribes of Asia, were known to carve their messages into the soft bark of the beech tree trunk. Once cut out of the bark, these writings were called "boc," the origin of the word "book."

Commercial use of beech is concentrated in the Central and Middle Atlantic states, with the average tree height being 120 feet. Beech is often used for furniture, toys, millwork, and for food and liquid containers (since the wood has no taste). Beech was also used years ago to make snuff boxes, as well as mortars and pestles.

Beech sapwood is white with a hint of red, and the heartwood is light to dark reddish brown. It is heavy, hard, and very resistant to shock and wear. It also stains well and is generally easy to work with.

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