American Beech : American Beech: Artistic Medium
Like the beech tree in Europe centuries ago, the American Beech provides material for paper still today. Its short, fine fibers mixed with other tree pulps produce a smooth, soft paper. The American Beech is also commonly employed for woodcraft, cabinetmaking, and furniture. It is popular especially when making chairs since it can be steamed and bent to create a permanent curvature that is used for arched furniture parts. American beech wood is also conducive to many styles of woodwork because it has uniform texture and comes in a variety colors. The heartwood ranges from dark to light reddish brown while the sapwood shifts from reddish brown to nearly white with a touch of red. This spectrum gives the American Beech an artistic flair that allows for the creation of beautiful yet useful woodcraft.