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Chestnut

Botanical Name:

Castanea dentata

Origin:

North America

Also known as: 

American Chestnut, Chinkapin, Sweet Chestnut, European Chestnut, Japanese Chestnut, Chinese Chestnut, Sequin’s Chestnut, Henry’s Chestnut.

Chestnut (Castanea), is a genus of eight or nine species of trees and shrubs in the Beech family (Fagaceae), native to warm temperate regions of North America. The American Chestnut, formerly one of the dominant trees of eastern United States, was almost wiped out by a fungal disease, Chestnut blight, in the early 1900’s. Since it is almost extinct, American Chestnut flooring is very scarce and sold at a premium as it can only be produced from antique recovered timber coming from very old farm houses, barns, schools, factories and older buildings. The characteristics of this floor, known as Antique Wormy Chestnut, include wormholes, random nail holes and gray oxidation marks. Other Chestnut varieties available today are the European and Asian Sweet Chestnut.

Chestnut ranges from a cream/tan color with ash-like graining to a dark uneven brown often with spiraling and darker knots. Chestnut ambers over time to a medium and dark tan/brown color. It is a very soft wood.

 

 

 

 

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