Spalted American Beech

Spalted American Beech (Fagus grandifolia)

 

Common Name: American Beech

 

Distribution: Eastern United States

 

Color/Appearance: Beech is typically a pale cream color, sometimes with a pink or brown hue. Flatsawn surfaces tend to be very plain, while quartersawn surfaces exhibit a silvery fleck pattern. Spalting is a result of wood coming into contact with fungus.

 

Janka Hardness: 1,300 lbf

 

Density: 3.75 lb/b.f.

 

Allergies/Toxicity: No confirmed safety data on American Beech; the closely related European Beech (Fagus sylvatica) has been reported as a sensitizer. Usually most common reactions from this related species include eye, skin and respiratory irritation

 

Controlled species: CITES: no, IUCN: no

 

Common Uses: Veneer, flooring, crates/pallets, railroad ties, musical instruments, furniture, turned objects and other small wooden objects.

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