Location: Chicago, IL
Hometown: European woods, mainly Scandinavia
My self-summary: First of all, I am not your average hardwood floor. I’m known for my hardness (1300 on the Janka hardness scale, no big deal), strength, and supreme flexibility. I’m not terribly traditional; I like to think of beechwood flooring as way more contemporary and modern than other hardwood flooring solutions.
What I’m doing with my life: currently I’m in a transition stage for beechwood flooring, being innumerable dope planks and hoping that special someone comes along who treats me right, stains me well, installs me, and keeps me clean for generations.
I’m really good at: bending without breaking and tolerating pet scratches.
The first thing people notice about me: my moderate, natural luster and simple, uniform grain pattern. I’ve also been told I have a lovely pale cream pre-stain color.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music: I’m not at all embarrassed to admit that I love rom-coms. I wear my emotions on my sleeve and I’m pretty thin-skinned. Beechwood flooring comes from beech trees, which have a rather papery bark that scars easily. Previous lovers carve their initials in the bark, and they never go away. If you’re going to accept me for me, you’ll additionally have to accept that someone probably cut down a tree that sweethearts once held dear. As far as books go, I love Wuthering Heights and The Giving Tree. I’m also a big fan of Bon Iver.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit: I’m afraid of bugs. Specifically beech blight aphids, for obvious reasons. The white, fuzzy-looking insects settle in massive numbers and make it look like my branches are covered in snow. Beech blight aphids can kill individual branches, but luckily don’t usually do significant damage to the trunk. I’ll still scream if I see one, though.
Six flooring technologies I could never do without:
- Solid wood
- Engineered hardwood flooring
- Block wood
- Hand-scraped hardwood
- Wide plank
- Uni hardwood flooring
I’m looking for: the right individual or family to take me home and challenge me to keep up with an active lifestyle.
You should message me if: you like a nice glass of pinot noir, cozy nights watching Netflix, cats and dogs, and long walks on the beech.