Beech

Beech is a typical forest tree species found in Central Europe. Before human intervention, our woods were dominated by beech.

Effect and appearance of beech

Beech conveys a sense of rigour, clarity and order.
Beech wood is characteristically a light-yellowish to pink-brown colour. The red tones can really be brought out by steaming the wood.
The grain of the beech wood is characterised by its broad streaks, which, when the trunk is cut diagonally, form the so-called "fladder" (a tongue-shaped grain pattern).

Properties and use of beech wood

The wood is easy to stain and can be bent if steamed. It is primarily suitable for use indoors. It is used to produce parquet flooring and stairs as well as panelling and furniture.

Traditions with beech

According to old traditions, beech promotes vitality, it offers compassionate comfort and proffers words of wisdom in times of personal lows.

The word "book" stems from the Old English word "boc" which is of Germanic origin: "Buch" in German meaning also "beech", the reason for this connection between "book" and "beech" is most likely because the early Germans used to cut out their runes from beech wood.

Beech used to be used to predict the weather: At the beginning of November, a cut was made in the tree trunk using an axe. If the cut remained dry, a harsh winter was to be expected.

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