European Beech is a versatile hardwood, displaying much of the durability of oak with a more subdued grain pattern (similar to maple but grainier). Its overall coloration will vary from a light tan to mid-tone brown with occasional streaks of dark brown heartwood. Color variations will usually be somewhat more subdued with darker colors, though grain patterns may become more prominent.
The varied grain density of this wood specie can react adversely to some mid-tone stain colors. Such a reaction can display heavy grain “ticking” in a concentrated area and then show a virtual absence of grain in another location. This natural condition can result in a pronounced color variation.European Beech is a great choice for those who want a species between Oak and Maple.