From time to time we have the good fortune of coming across a batch of reclaimed chestnut wood. Being an extinct species in North America due as a result of becoming blighted at the start of last century, chestnut is now available only as a reclaimed wood. Chestnut trees grew large and tall before sprouting branches, resulting a lumber that could provide long boards clear of knots.
Reclaimed chestnut flooring ranges from a light, pale brown to a darker chocolate color. It is easy to confuse a sample of chestnut with one of oak as they look similar at first glance. Oak is distinguishable due to the “rays” – small, visible, lines within the grains.
Due to the chestnut tree blight, the resulting dead trees were often damaged by insects. It is now common to find batches of “wormy” chestnut in the remaining stock of wood. Additionally, it is almost expected that chestnut will have a lot of character such as nail and bolt holes (including the blackening around the edge of where the nail used to be). It is also common to lay a floor of chestnut in mixed width boards, which only adds to the uniqueness of it. This is a result of chestnut’s (reasonably) limited availability.
Uses: Residential, Commercial