Wormy Chestnut, also known as American Chestnut, was known to reach heights of 100 feet. It grew throughout the Eastern United States and comprised nearly 50% of the forest. In North Carolina, the material was commonly found throughout the Appalachian Mountains. The reddish-brown wood is lightweight, soft and resistant to rot or decay. It was commonly used by settlers for posts, fences, furniture and homes throughout the North Carolina Mountains.
In the early 1900s, a blight was introduced from Asia. The United States Congress appropriated funds to combat the spread of disease, but was unable to contain the blight. The blight killed all of the American Chestnut trees within a 40-year span.
Chestnut flooring is reclaimed from buildings and available in beams, siding and lumber. The product may contain nail holes and worm holes and provides unique characteristics, creating a rustic appeal to any property. Wormy Chestnut varies greatly in color from light brown to dark brown with reddish tones.
Widths: 2” - 12” (wide boards available on occasion)
Lengths: 2 - 12’ (sawn for longest possible)
Grading: Rustic Grade with some nail holes and wormholes, great variation in color
Application: Flooring, paneling, trim, mouldings, exposed beams (beams may consist of rough sawn or hand hewn)
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