The Hardwoods


American red oak (Quercus species, mainly Quercus rubra)

Warm, granular, resistant and flexible.

With a height of 21 m and a trunk diameter of 1 m, red oak is the most abundant species in American hardwood forests. Named for its fall leaf color, this classic oak wood has light brown sapwood and a heartwood characterized by attractive warm reddish-pink tones. Red oak is strong, straight-grained, coarse-textured and distinctive. Its porosity makes it a top quality wood for bending and staining.

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American hard maple (Acer saccharum, Acer nigrum, Acer rubrum)

Light, fine, hard and incandescent.

A close cousin of European maple and sycamore, American hard maple can reach heights of 23–27m, with a trunk diameter of 75cm. Hard maple is a cold-climate species favouring the northern states, it has a creamy white sapwood and the heartwood is light to reddish brown. It polishes to a smooth hardwearing finish making it a favourite for sports floors across the world. It is also the primary source of maple syrup.

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American cherry (Prunus serotina)

Rich, smooth, vibrant and supple.

The cherry, a medium-sized tree reaching a height of about 20 m, has a relatively short rotation and takes less time to mature than the maple. rotation, taking less time to mature than other hardwoods. The narrow sapwood is light pinkish in color, while the heartwood varies from deep red to reddish-brown, darkening on exposure to light. American cherry had a long period of popularity in furniture making. Currently, the American cherry tree has lost popularity in the manufacture of furniture, but it is about to make a comeback.

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With special thanks to Tamalsa for the donation of the wood used in the project of the designers Inma Bermúdez and Moritz Krefter.