Fagaceae - The Beech Family
American Beech, Beech, Copper Beech, Red Beech, Stone Beech, White Beech, Winter Beech
Interior Use Only
Butcher Blocks, Clothes Pins, Drum Sticks, Flooring, Food Containers, Furniture, Millwork, Mouldings
The wood grows throughout much of the eastern United States, up into south eastern provides of Canada. The tree typical grows in pure stands, and prefers rich well drained soils. It is reported that the species grows the best in the bottomlands of Ohio & Mississippi River Valleys and along the western slopes of the southern Appalachian Mountains.
Beech tends to have very narrow sapwood that is very light, almost white in color. This contrasts with he dark to light reddish-brown heartwood, which can be very inconsistent. The grain tends to be straight, and mostly closed, but can be interlocked sometimes. The growth rings tend to be very small to tiny, and the wood contains numerous rays, which produce pronounced flecks on a quarter sawn surface.
While the wood only rates "fair" for nailing and screwing due to potential for splitting, it holds nails well once installed. Beech can be bent very well using steam, and is often stained and finished to match other hardwoods. Beech it the primary wood used to make clothes pins.