North American Hardwoods
Hardwoods are deciduous trees that have broad leaves, produce a fruit or nut and generally go dormant in the winter. America’s forests grow hundreds of varieties of hardwood trees that thrive in this country’s temperate climates. These varieties, or species, include oak, ash, cherry, maple and poplar.
All the commercially available hardwoods are crafted into furniture, cabinetry, woodwork and built-ins. It’s simply a matter of taste, preference and availability.
Advantages of Solid Hardwood
Solid hardwoods, as building and furnishing materials, go against the grain of a mass-produced, throw-away age. Although every hardwood board will predictably share the characteristics of its species such as – oak, ash, maple, cherry, birch and walnut – each board displays a face which is uniquely its own, having been formed over the long lifetime of the individual tree from which it came.
Solid hardwood furniture, flooring, cabinetry and woodwork offer the potential for many generations of hard use. Their beauty is not skin-deep. They can live with nicks and scratches, are easily repaired and refinished, and their value is lasting. Solid hardwoods are genuine, not imitations, hey are natural, not synthetic and they are classic, not artificial.