American Chestnut comprised over 60% of the eastern hardwood forests when the first settlers arrived in North America. Due to its wonderful stable disposition, chestnut was used for every utility purpose by the colonials. At the turn of the 20th century American Chestnut came under distress from the chestnut blight and by 1920 almost all of the chestnut trees were dead. Today the American Chestnut Society is doing wonderful work restoring the species by breeding blight resistant trees.
- Most Chestnut lumber is reclaimed material – Cut from old timber beams. These beams are de-nailed and resawn into boards for sale
- This rustic look is very prized and widely used in old homes
- Usually the more defects the better and is prized when full of worm holes
- Has a coarse texture with a beautiful golden-brown color
- Very stable, light weight wood