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Select white

Boards are creamy yellow to pale white with variations in tones. No knots, checking. mineral streaking is allowed. A light floor. We select the lightest birch for this grade. Wide widths are not possible but what a nice floor.

Select conservation

Boards are clear with colors ranging from creamy yellow to reddish brown. Most of the tree is represented by this grade, knots and checking are not permitted. Called conservation by the Sampsons given that this grade is a very sustainable use of the tree. This grade can be considered less formal.

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” select white quarter sawn
3” up to 4” select white
3” up to 9” select conservation
3” + 4” + 5” random mix natures rustic


Accent Strips

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


25/32” (3/8” up to 1 1/2” are available)


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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