American Beech

Name American Beech (Fagus grandifolia)
Type Hardwood.
Other Names Also known as red beech, white beech, stone beech, and winter beech.
Sources Grows in Canada and United States.
Appearance Straight or sometimes interlocked grain with a fine, even texture. Dark to light reddish brown heartwood and very thin, nearly white sapwood.
Physical Props Hard, heavy, strong, stiff and shock resistant. Poor dimensional stability and decay resistance.
Working Props Machines well but can be difficult to work by hand. Tends to split – pre-drilling recommended for screws and nails. Finishes and steam-bends well.
Uses Does not impart taste or odor to food: ideal for food containers, baskets, utensils, and bread/butcher boards. Also used for chairs, handles, flooring, turned articles, clothes pins, workbench tops, tool handles, novelties, and interior furniture.