COLOR: Heartwood ranges from a deep, rich dark brown to purplish black. Sapwood is nearly white to tan. Difference between heartwood and sapwood color is great; some flooring manufacturers steam lumber to bleed to darker heartwood color into the sapwood, resulting in a more uniform color.
GRAIN: Mostly straight and open, but some boards have burled or curly grain. Arrangement of pores is similar to hickories and persimmon, but pores are smaller in size.
WITHIN SPECIES AND GRADES: Great variety of color and figure
within species, as well as variation in color among boards, especially
in lower grades and from material that isn't steamed prior to kiln-drying.
Easily worked with hand tools, and has excellent machining qualities.
Hickory & Pecan
Sugar (Hard) Maple
Southern Yellow Pine