February 8th is fondly known as Iowa Day so we thought it would be a great idea to showcase the beautiful and abundant trees that we have grown so fond of. All of our wood is sourced locally, so we have become quite familiar with a couple of the heavy hitters including Black Walnut, Ash, Maple, and Oak. Keep on reading to hear all about these trees and the gorgeous wood that they produce
Black Walnut Trees
Due to its popularity, black walnut will typically be priced higher than other woods found in Iowa, but it is definitely not without cause. While it doesn’t happen frequently, you can find walnut slabs with all sorts of figuring, such as curl, rat tail, birdseye, and many others.
Spalting is any kind of wood coloration that is caused when fungi colonise the wood and extract nutrients from it, leaving behind dark dotted and lined patterns . Although this is technically a sign of decay, spalting adds a beautiful rustic contrast that is highly sought after. While maple isn’t the only wood type that spalts, it is by far the most common! Other species including sycamore, hickory, oak, pine, hackberry, and more can have the same or similar spalting to maple.
Oak trees have been considered one of the most popular hardwoods in the US for many years. You can see it within almost any home as cabinets, flooring, tables, chairs and more. The most commonly found oaks in Iowa are red oak and white oak. These species of oak are very similar in most of their characteristics such as the porosity, density, and workability.
Though it is mostly considered a light to medium tone brown, oak’s heartwood can often throw slightly different tones. Red oak tends to have a reddish tone where white oak may have a more olive green tone. While its color is one of the factors that attract people to oak’s wood, another interesting feature is its porosity. The pores of oak wood are so large that some people have been able to use an oak dowel as a straw!
How Our Live Edge Logs and Trees are Sourced
All of our logs are local to Iowa; some of the logs come from urban removals where they were taken down for new construction, some from storm damage or any other reason a homeowner might not want that tree in their yard, and others come from sustainable timber management. Most of the wood and tree tear downs would have been shredded into free city mulch, but the logs were saved and milled, and are now ready to be used to make something great!
To Wrap it All Up...
These are just the most popular wood types on our website and tree species in Iowa, but we have lots more to offer! Stay updated on our inventory updates and more by following us on Facebook & Instagram and subscribing to our email and SMS lists!