Color: Heartwood is light to dark reddish brown, lustrous; sapwood is light brown to pale with a light pinkish tone. Color darkens over time.
Grain: Fine, frequently wavy, uniform texture. Distinctive flake pattern on true quartersawn surfaces. Texture is satiny, with some gum pockets.
Variations: Significant color variation between boards.
Sawing/Machining: Good machining qualities.
Sanding: Sands satisfactorily if the correct sanding sequence is followed.
Nailing: No known problems.
Finishing: No known problems.
Comments Origin: North America
Hardness/Janka: 950 (softest species Black Bear Carries); 26% softer than Northern red oak.
Dimensional Stability: Above average (7.1; 17% more stable than Northern red oak)