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Reimagine Wood Species

American Red Oak

Warm, grainy, tough and bendy. Reaching a height of 21m, with a trunk diameter of 1m, red oak is the most abundant species in America’s hardwood forests. Named for the color of its leaves in the fall, this classic oak wood has a 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 premium wood for bending and staining.

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American Cherry

Rich, smooth, vibrant and flexible. A medium-size tree, reaching a height of around 20m, cherry has a relatively short rotation, taking less time to mature than other hardwoods. The narrow sapwood is a light pinkish color, while the heartwood varies from rich red to reddish brown, and darkens on exposure to light. American cherry had a long period of popularity in furniture making; it became less popular but is on the verge of a revival.

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American Maple

Light, fine, hard and incandescent. A close cousin of European maple and sycamore, American maple can reach heights of 23-27m, with a trunk diameter of 75cm. This project uses two botanical subspecies, hard and soft maple, which share similar characteristics and are both relatively abundant. Hard maple is a cold-climate species favoring the northern states, whereas soft maples grow more widely across the mixed hardwood forests of the eastern United States. Both hard and soft maple produce syrup.

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