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Beech is largely sourced from dismantled barns. The original tree, relatively common across the Eastern U.S., yields hardwood with lighter tones. But as a reclaimed wood, it’s layered with aged qualities of its often century long experience in the barn. It can be a unique choice for environments seeking a lighter toned hardwood with subtle features of its salvaged past, striking a balance of contemporary and traditional style, especially for flooring and furniture pieces.
Color and Surface
But under the rustic wide-plank surface, reclaimed beech picks up subtle streaks of brown and black color, stress cracks, oxidized nail holes, or long-dormant insect tracings, and other marks, taking on unexpected character. Time in a barn radically changes the woods. Deep within a timber, nonetheless, beech planks can also appear as clean and smooth as new lumber. It is sometimes combined with similar toned maple.
Nature and Culture
American Beech, native to Eastern North America, mixes with sugar maple, birches, and hemlock; and was a popular message board for lovers long before the advent of social media. With its velvety gray and muscular trunk, the tree was perfect for posting carved initials. It’s interesting to note that Beech also derives from the old English word Boc, or Book.