Light Weight and Light Colored Hardwood

Aspen (Quaking Aspen) (Bigtooth Aspen)

Aspen species are ubiquitous to the Great North Woods and are one of the most common hardwood species in North America. The root systems of Aspen are among the largest living organisms on earth. Aspen is an early successional species, regrowing from the roots when disturbed or cut.


Aspen is a lightweight and light colored hardwood. It has many uses. MTM provides Aspen mostly as Paneling and accompanying Trim. It is offered in our regular grades of Select, Premium, and Rustic. It is an excellent choice for Sauna paneling and benches, and is used extensively for that purpose. Aspen is deceivingly durable and can be used for flooring - as long as some scratches and dents are acceptable.


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Grades of Wood

Select


Elegant selection with consistent grain, minimal small knots, and overall smooth character.  Excellent choice for a more refined look.


Premium


Varying amounts of excellent tight characteristics including medium size knots, streaks, bark pockets, and grain variation.  This grade is excellent for a higher character look than Select, but not entirely Rustic either.


Rustic


This exciting grade provides the highest degree of character, with a wide range of knot sizes, streaks, a few holes and torn knots, and occasional heavy bark deposits.  Rustic grade can appear a bit "loose" when unfinished, but with Prefinish applied the character holds together beautifully and really pops.  This grade continues to grow in popularity, even in high end applications.



MTM is able to mix the grades in any combination to give you the exact look you are after.  Some species (such as Elm) are limited in quantity and are only offered as a full mix of grades.  A few species are unavailable in Select grade due to the natural characteristics of the tree (Tamarack).