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Alder

Alder is characterized by its straight grain and even texture. Its reddish brown color often looks similar to Cherry. It has been called the "cheap man's Cherry". Unfortunately it dents relatively easily, but offers a stable surface. The wood is moderately light and slightly soft hardwood, with a smooth surface and very little grain showing. Alder may display pin knots, grain "fuzz" and mineral streaks. Colors may vary from almost white to tan and pale, pinkish brown. The warm tones work well in a more casual setting, and help lend a cozy feeling to a large room.


Beech

European Beech is a highly sustainable, durable wood with a fairly straight grain pattern and a relatively smooth surface. Knots and irregular grain may be present, but are generally kept to a minimum. Colors vary from light to mid-tone brown, with some dark brown heartwood streaks. One of the most unique properties of European Beech is the way the grain pattern seems to change with different stain colors.

Birch

Natural birch is a medium-density hardwood with a distinct, moderate grain pattern that ranges from straight to wavy or curly. The predominant sapwood color is white to creamy yellow, while the heartwood varies in color from medium or dark brown to reddish-brown. This range in color makes a distinctive statement in a birch cabinetry selection. Natural birch is a medium density hardwood with a fine moderate grain pattern. The predominant sapwood* color is white to creamy yellow, while the hardwood** varies in color from medium or dark brown to reddish brown. This range in color makes a distinctive statement in your Birch cabinetry selection.

Cherry

Cherry is an elegant, multi-colored hardwood. In its raw state, it has a pinkish-brown hue with occasional shades of white, green, pink or even gray. Natural or light stains accent these color variations. Small gum pockets, streaks, pin knots and figures are common. Cherry wood will darken or “mellow” with age. This mellowing is a natural occurrence and a benefit of owning solid cherry cabinetry. Cherry is elegant, multi-colored hardwood, which may contain small knots and pin holes. Natural or light stains accent these color variations making a distinctive statement in a full kitchen. Cherry wood will darken or “mellow” with age. This mellowing is a natural occurrence and the benefit of owning a solid Cherry kitchen.

Hickory

Hickory is a strong, open-grained wood that is known for its flowing grain pattern and dramatic variation in color. It often contains random specks, burls and mineral streaks, and it is not uncommon to see doors or parts of doors that range in color from light to deep brown when finished in light or natural stains. Darker stains will mildly tone these color variations, but these very characteristics make each hickory kitchen unique and the preference of those who love wood. Hickory is a strong, open grained wood that is known for its wide variation in color. It is not uncommon to see doors or parts of doors that range in color from light to a deep brown when finished in a light or natural stain. Darker stain will mildly tone these color variations. These characteristics are what make each Hickory kitchen unique and the preference of those that love wood.

Maple

Hard maple is a strong, close-grained wood that is predominantly off-white in color, although it also contains light hues of yellow-brown and pink. Hard maple occasionally contains small mineral, light tan or reddish -tinged streaks that will darken with stain. It is usually straight grained, but can be wavy or even curly. Hard Maple is a strong, closed wood that is predominately off-white in color, although it also contains light hues of yellow-brown and pink. Hard maple occasionally contains light tan or dark mineral streaks.

Oak

Red oak has a prominent open grain that ranges in color from white to yellow and reddish-brown. Red oak is sometimes streaked with green, yellow or black mineral deposits and may vary from a closely knit grain to a sweeping arch pattern. Red Oak is a strong, open grained wood that has a range in color of white, yellow, and pink. Red Oak is sometimes streaked with green, yellow, and black mineral deposits and may contain some wide grain.

Pine

Pine is lightweight with straight grain and fine, even texture. Dimensionally stable and durable. Knots are prevalent in this material giving it a rustic look. Rustic pine is relatively light; the soft wood has a fairly tight grain pattern with a relatively smooth surface. Mineral Streaks and water stains are common, and colors range from very white to yellow and reddish brown. Pine is the classic choice for lodge or Southwest designs.

VG Fir

Fir is a very lightweight, soft wood, with a dense grain pattern and a relatively smooth surface. Characteristics include pin knots, dry pitch pockets, vine marks, and will darken with exposure to natural light.

Sapwood

The outer zone of wood in a tree, next to the bark. Sapwood is generally lighter than heartwood.

 

Heartwood

Heartwood: The inner layers of wood in growing trees that have ceased to contain living cells. Generally darker than sapwood, but the two are not always differentiated.