Clear: Consistent grain, minimal marks and variation among pieces. No brown pieces.
Quartersawn & Riffed: The tree is cut in such a way that the quartersawn gives consistent straight grain on each board. Riffed means boards have a rippled figure and flecks of medullary rays that you can see.
Quartersawn: Consistent grain, minimal marks and variation among pieces. The rift sawn cut delivers grain with a very straight, uniform appearance and none of the wavy fleck
Select & Better: Slight color variations, minimal pin knots and grain streaks.
2nd Grade & Better: This grade shows greater than 50% Red and Yellow tones (depending of type of birch desired) with unique imperfections/flaws, marks and knots.
3rd Grade (Common): This grade shows approximately 50% Red and Yellow tones (depending of type of birch desired) with clean overall appearance and minor to no imperfections/flaws, marks and knots.
#1 Common: Variations of color, grain streaks, and knots to create a one of a kind look.
#2 Common: Eye catching color variations, imperfections, knots and holes (1/4”) create a unique look.
#3 Common: This grade has considerable color variation, deep and sizable knots, imperfections and lots of character.
Character: Tan to red tones, fine brown steaks, and some imperfections for elegance and style.
*Please note that each wood species we offer comes in specific grades.