Northern Red Oak grows in a wide area of the eastern North American forest, but exhibits its finest and tightest character at the northwestern part of its range, which happens to be the Great North Woods of Minnesota. Red Oak from the north central part of Minnesota, especially the area south of Grand Rapids, is renowned for its color and fantastic grain. As the climate warms, its ranging is creeping slowly north into the Bigfork Valley. Rajala Forestry manages a significant amount of Red Oak in in the glacial till soils of its Wolf Lake Forest between Grand Rapids and Bigfork.
Red Oak, as its name suggests, has a soothing red color with dark grain. Northern Minnesota Red Oak has a browner tone than other areas, setting it apart in a uniquely lake country way. It is dense and mills well, making it perfect for nearly all products. MTM provides it as Flooring, Paneling, Shingles, Staircases, Trim, Countertops, Live Edge Products, and Table Tops. Red Oak is one of the few hardwoods that we can provide in Kiln Dried Timbers. Most products are available in Select, Premium, and Rustic grades. Red Oak knots in the Premium and Rustic grades are high in character, nearly always dark in color and often partially torn, adding to its warmth.
Elegant selection with consistent grain, minimal small knots, and overall smooth character. Excellent choice for a more refined look.
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.
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).
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