Primarily native to Europe and northern Asia, European Beech is also known as Steamed Beech, Common Beech, or just simply Beech.
It’s typically pale cream color – sometimes with pink or brown hue – that’s so consistent between the sapwood and heartwood, it’s often difficult to differentiate the two. Beech has a fine, silky texture and a tight uniform grain that includes small, silvery pith rays that give the wood a slightly lustrous sheen that gives any project a clean, elegant appearance without drawing too much attention away from the overall design.
Beech trees make up almost 50% of the hardwood forests in Europe, making the species one of most available and sustainable certified hardwoods in the world. And one of the most widely used in Europe. Its hardness, wear-resistance, strength, and excellent bending capabilities – coupled with its affordable price – make Beech a mainstay for many European woodworkers, who often choose it for veneer, flooring, boatbuilding, residential and institutional furniture, kitchen cabinetry, musical instruments like piano blocks.
CITES: Appendices: Not listed
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Not listed
Common / Alternative Names:
American Beech (Fagus grandifolia)