Formal Name: Fagus sylvatica
Color: Heartwood is pale in color, ranging in shades pale cream with a pinkish-brown or an orange-tan hue. The wood is typically sold steamed which gives the wood a more even and uniform color which can become more reddish-pink in tone.
Workability: Provides medium resistance to both power and hand tools, with a moderate blunting effect on blades. Despite the blunting effect, it machines well, overall. It takes finishes beautifully and provides attractive results when stained, lacquered or varnished.
Physical Properties: Heavy, strong, high in resistance to shock and highly suitable for steam bending. Good resistance to abrasive wear.