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