Beech Wood is very durable, wear-resistant and has excellent bending capabilities and by adding the low price that this wood has it result a wooden stand for many European manufacturers.
Color: Beechwood is usually a pale cream color, but sometimes can have a pink or brown hue.
Texture: Grain is straight, with a fine to a medium uniform texture. Moderate natural luster.
Workability: Beechwood has good workability and it responds great to steam-bending. Wood stability and movement need to be taken into consideration as beech have a large amount of movement in service.
Odor: Beech doesn't have a characteristic odor.
Allergies: When it comes to European Beech the most common reactions are eye, skin and respiratory irritation.
Pricing/Availability: European Beech is widely available across Europe, and it very economically priced within its natural range.
Sustainability: This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Common Uses: Lumber, veneer, flooring, boatbuilding, furniture, cabinetry, musical instruments (piano pinblocks), plywood, and turned objects.
Comments: Beech is an important and widely-used hardwood in Europe. Its hardness, wear-resistance, strength, and excellent bending capabilities—coupled with its low price—make this hardwood a mainstay for many European woodworkers. Depending on soil conditions, European Beech can grow to very large sizes, and wide, long lumber is commonly available for use.
European beech can be found all over Europe. It has a wide spread and the adults trees reach high heights between 25-40 m.
The European beech comes to maturity after about 30 years and their average life is 200 years. The trees that are used for manufacturing are harvested after reaching the age of 90 years. Due to the fact that beech has such a wide range, it can be harvested from a multitude of areas in Europe.
European beech is a perishable wood and due to this property it is recommended to be used only indoors, with the risk of mold and/or pests.