Northwest Michigan, Northern Michigan Hardwoods is amidst some
of the finest hardwood forests in the world. The changing of the
seasons creates one of the world's best growing environments for
hardwood trees. This allows us to offer the most prized lumber
to create beautiful cabinetry, flooring and other specialty
Ash is known for its great strength and excellent
workable properties. In the early 1930s, Admiral Richard Byrd
wore snowshoes made from ash during his polar expeditions. The
color of ash is somewhat lustrous; cream to very light brown
heartwood with lighter colored sapwood. Ash has a straight
moderately open grain and takes a finish very well.
Birch is often used as an ornamental tree and has gained the
nickname "Mother Tree" because birches were planted at the White
House to honor the mothers of U.S. presidents. The oil extracted
from the bark contains a chemical used to treat rheumatism and
inflammation. Birch is cream or light brown in color tinged with
red, with nearly white sapwood. It is very heavy; very strong;
hard closed-grained; with an even texture.
used by the Greeks and Romans as long ago as 400 B.C. for
furniture making. Cherry helped define American traditional
design because Colonial wood workers recognized its superior
woodworking qualities. It has a rich reddish brown color that
deepens with age and exposure to sunlight. Its exceptionally
lustrous appearance almost glows. It’s straight-grained and
satiny, and sometimes contains pin knots and gum pockets that
give the wood a distinctive character. Its more uniform texture
takes a stain very well. Cherry is light, strong, stiff and
rather soft compared to maple or hickory.
in the 1920s, airplane propellers were made from maple, as well
as the heels of women’s shoes. Maple has been a favorite of
American wood workers since early Colonial days. Maple coloring
ranges from cream to light reddish-brown, with a uniform grain
and texture. Maple is heavy, hard, strong, tough and stiff with
excellent resistance to abrasion and indentation – ideal for
wood flooring or butcher block cutting boards and countertops.
Hickory is famous for its extreme strength, flexibility and
shock resistance. Hickory was at one time used for wagon wheels,
and even the Wright Brothers’ historic plane. Hickory displays
wide variations in colors, ranging from creamy white to
chocolate brown. It’s also a great alternative to oak for people
who prefer an open-grained wood, but have tired of the
traditional oak look.
Oak has a long, notable history in
furnishings and interior design. It was a favorite of early
English craftsmen and a prized material for American colonists.
Red oak grows only in North America and is found further north
than any other oak species. A red oak grows slowly, taking 20
years to mature and living an average of 300 years. Red Oak
ranges from creamy white to a warm, pale brown color, with tints
of red. The grain is known for its “rays,” which reflect light
and add to its appeal. Depending on the way the logs are sawn
(rift cut, flat sliced, flat sawn, rotary cut,
quarter sawn), many distinctive and sought after patterns can
emerge. Oak is heavy, strong, hard, stiff and durable under
exposure. Oaks take a wide range of finishes very well.
Walnut is a beautiful hardwood with a figured grain. Walnut
ranges from creamy white to a dark, chocolate brown color. It
can contain a lot of character in the grain and looks great in a
variety of finishes. Walnut is versatile and popular, since its
luster grows over time.