Hard Maple is distinguished by its whiteness and superior uniformity of color. Our grading of maple exceeds all industry standards. Hard Maple is usually straight-grained; sometimes found highly figured with curly, fiddleback, birds eye or burl grain, scattered over entire tree or in irregular stripes and patches.
The color of ash is somewhat lustrous; cream to very light brown heartwood with lighter colored sapwood. Ash has a straight moderately open grain.
The color of Birch is cream or light brown tinged with red, with thin, nearly white sapwood. Birch is straight grained and fine textured
The color of cherry is light reddish-brown in the heartwood and the sapwood is nearly white. The heartwood color will darken with age and on exposure to light. Cherry is usually straight-grained; satiny, with some figured. Small gum pockets are normal markings.
The color of Red Oak varies to the region in which the tree has grown. Banks prides itself with high quality Red Oak from the Northern Region. Red Oak is straight grained with a course textures and prominent rays. Its color is reddish tan heartwood and narrow, almost white sapwood.
Soft Maple has the same general characteristics as Hard Maple, but nearly as hard or strong. Red Leaf Soft Maple is close grained and resembles sugar maple, but is softer in texture, not as heavy, lacks the figure, and has somewhat poorer machining qualities.