Birch wood is known for its durability, strength, and attractive grain pattern, making it a popular choice for a wide range of woodworking projects. Our birch wood products are sourced from sustainably managed forests, ensuring that we are doing our part to preserve the environment for future generations. 

Birch wood has a rich history that dates back thousands of years. It has been used for a wide variety of purposes, including building homes, making furniture, crafting tools, and even in traditional medicine. In ancient times, birch wood was prized for its durability and resistance to decay, which made it a popular choice for building structures that needed to withstand the elements. It was also used to make bows, arrows, and other weapons due to its strength and flexibility.

In more recent times, birch wood has continued to be a popular choice for a wide range of woodworking projects. Its light color and attractive grain pattern make it a favorite among furniture makers, while its strength and stability make it ideal for use in cabinetry and other interior applications.

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Specie: Birch
Janka Rating: 1260
Grade: select
Kiln Dried: Absolutely!
Lumber Source: new wood harvested using responsible forestry practices in NYS whenever possible
Coating Options: available uncoated and pre-coated, custom colors available: VOC free oils, stains, tongue oils, etc.


The Janka Hardness Test measures how many pounds of force it takes to embed a .444” steel ball halfway into a piece of wood. This is helpful in determining if a wood specie is suitable for flooring. Harder wood species have higher numbers. Red Oak is our industry-standard for comparing different species. It has a Janka rating of 1290. Most hardwoods and many types of softwood are suitable for use as flooring, especially with proper install, coatings, and maintenance. Please note that all wood will dent with a forceful enough impact.

An example from

"Humans will only have one foot on the ground while walking. Estimate that the area of the heel on a man's shoe is 10in². When he walks, a 200 lb. man exerts 20 psi because the weight is supported momentarily by the heel. A 100 lb. woman exerts many more psi when she wears heels. Depending on the area of the heel, she can exert as much as 1600 psi under a 'stiletto heel' ¼ inch on a side. This explains why people with wood floors don't want women walking on them in high heels.”

  • Wood is sterilized and insects are killed during this process. While some reclaimed wood is quite dry we must take this step to ensure that insects will not be moving into your home.
  • Kiln-dried wood absorbs coatings better. In fact, coatings will last longer.
  • Kiln drying wood decreases shrinkage and movement in service. Non-kiln dried wood may shrink and de-form as it loses moisture from its environment.

Decreased weight makes for easier handling and installations.

Note: There is no way to prevent wood from absorbing water and releasing water into its environment. Trees are designed to drink water and this property can’t be completely diminished. Kiln drying is an important step in reducing (not eliminating) movement in your floors.

Upon inquiry, we will provide a written quote for approval and acceptance. Please review the quote carefully and verify that all quantities, species, sizes are what you ordered. The written quote must be signed and the required deposit must be received by Excelsior to initiate the order.

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