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Museum quality

Each board is hand selected for even grain, clarity and color. Sampsons strives for the best the species can offer.


Boards are light reddish brown tinged with dark hues of red. No knots, checking. Small glimpses of lighter sapwood are permitted. We like the warm hues and uniform look of select red birch.

Nature's Rustic

The whole tree finds new life in Sampson’s rustic grade. Knots, checking, small holes 1/4” in diameter or less and variations in color are allowed. Natures rustic floors are generally random width. Random width floors maximize the usability of every board rather than wasting some to meet specifications. A random width floor is very traditional in pre 1880 historic homes. When a rustic floor is received, the amount of lineal footage of each width is listed. From this the installation pattern can be determined. If help is needed just call. Natures Rustic is always sold with end-matching. The grade name, Natures rustic can be misleading, many formal homes have chosen this grade in addition to cottages, camps and commercial spaces.

Seth Bournival has forged strong relationships with loggers and mills to get lumber specifically suited to our custom grades. Our grades are unique.


Face Widths

3” up to 5” museum quality red
3” up to 6” select red
3” + 4” + 5” random mix natures rustic

Accent Strips

3/4” up to 2 1/2” available in both grades




Range available, birch usually averages between 5’ to 7’


Tongue and groove with back relief.
End-matching option available.
Flooring can be ordered with end-matching (a tongue or groove at the end of board length). Rustic grade is end-matched.

Fun Facts

Traditionally used as bobbins, toys, dowels, toothpicks, turnings, flooring

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