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Wood Flooring on the Walls and Ceilings

A popular trend that we do not foresee going away anytime soon is the use of wood flooring being applied on vertical surfaces.  Yes, you can install tongue and groove wood flooring on the wall.  So why not consider utilizing wood planks on a vertical surface rather than plywood veneers.  It can really tie your wood flooring project together and create a true, masterful focal point on your project.

Applying wood flooring on a wall doesn’t just have to be limited to standard plank on a wall.  You can create patterns such as herringbone, use reclaimed materials or even create dimensional wall applications using long planks.

Woodwright-Wall-CollageWe have also gone as far as to create 3 dimensional wall applications using end grain flooring.  As you can see from the images below, we created stunning wood feature walls by our use of different thicknesses of end grain mesquite blocks.

3D Woodwright WallsInterested to learn more about what we can create together?  We have several uniquely smart wood wall samples that we have created to get your creative minds turning.  Feel free to contact us to see what we can create together.

Cheers till next time!

 

 

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What makes European Oak so desirable?

This is the first installment of a new series of articles we will be sharing in regards to common, and even not so common, wood species utilized in wood flooring projects.  Our A+D Consultant in Dallas, Rick Farrell, will be sharing his wood knowledge with our readers.  Through Rick’s experience in lumber sales then eventually wood flooring, he has become a leading authority on wood flooring specie.  As a self-proclaimed “wood nerd”, Rick has become an invaluable educator to the Architect and Design communities specifically regarding wood flooring specie selection and design.  In his series, he will share his knowledge with you.  We hope you get as much benefit from it as his clients do.


The allure and interest surrounding true European Oak, most of which comes from France or Germany, has an interesting explanation. People are intrigued with its uniqueness because it is unlike product that most Americans associate with Oak. In fact, Oak is the staple of the lumber industry, by far the most popular specie and most widely utilized in our culture. Its presence in our daily lives goes unnoticed to most, yet it is everywhere. Designers and Architects who specify wood flooring, veneers, cabinetry or millwork on projects are intimately familiar with Oak. Yet, they are not always familiar with the significant differences that make European Oak such a rich product in design and functionality.

First we examine standard American White Oak.  It has 3 traditional cuts. The most common is Plain Sawn, also referred to as Flat Cut, which showcases a traditional Cathedral grain pattern. Next is Quarter Sawn which identifiable by the “flake” appearance in the grain.  Finally, we have Rift Cut which illustrates a very straight grain pattern.  The industry standard of mixing Rift Cut and Quartered Cut Oak that has been used for centuries. Specifically regarding Rift cut, Woodwright has been sourcing “Rift Only” White Oak for years because our clientele love and request it often. It is more scarce than ever, but with careful planning can be used to create a stunning aesthetic.

White Oak CutsNow that we have briefly examined traditional American White Oak, let’s take a look at true European Oak.  So what really makes European Oak so unique? It’s all in the way it is cut from the log.

The Europeans have a technique that involves taking a “square” from the center of a log, called a cant, and slicing it straight through. It also has a slower growing cycle, which produces a tighter grain. The result is a wider plank, typically 7-10″, with a gorgeous plain sawn look near the center, flanked by a unique rift & quartered grain pattern, all in the same piece of wood. Yes, you read that correctly, all three cuts in one plank!

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Some American mills have recognized the popularity of the European Oak and are now supplying us with lumber and flooring that they cut in the same manner as the European method. It is referred to as Eurocut, Center Cut, Live Sawn or even French Cut Oak, and it offers tremendous opportunities for our A&D clients to specify something out of the norm, yet often stay within budget. Woodwright’s newly expanded manufacturing facility at 425 Regal Row in Dallas is engineering “Eurocut” on a regular basis. If you or your client prefers the true beauty of European Oak, we can accommodate those needs as well.

Our A+D Consultants are happy to collaborate with you to create a visually stunning and unique project. We have a full-time sample department that can fulfill requests with a reasonable production time. Please feel free to contact your A+D consultant to begin working with our award-winning, turnkey solution.

Sincerely, Rick Farrell

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Wood Flooring Design Program in Your Design Library

For those architects and designers that are familiar with Woodwright Hardwood Floor Company, we have released new wood flooring sample chips as a part of our library program.  The latest colors and species reflect current trends in the wood flooring market.  Some of the newest chip samples include walnut with a gray oil finish, fumed white oak and natural heart pine just to name a few.  To assist you in using this program in your library, we have outlined the best practice to fully utilize our sample box program.  It is important to note that the program is designed to serve as a “starting point” to designing the EXACT wood floor for your project.  You are not limited to the species and colors in the box.

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To get the most benefit from the  program, please see the steps below:

  • Start by selecting a specie.  We have included some of the most popular wood flooring species in our library program.  We have also included our catalog that features a stability and hardness chat for select species to guide your selection.
  • Choose your texture.  Yes, you have options!  We have included chips that feature smooth, wire brushed, handscraped or saw mark textures.
  • Select your color palette.  You are not limited to the colors in the box.

After you have started designing your wood floor utilizing our design tool, you can request a complimentary sample from Woodwright Hardwood Floor Company.  Either call your A+D Consultant to get the process started or you may visit our website to start your sample selection.  Your design intent as well as the functionality are extremely important to us  Our goal is to help you avoid any potential pitfalls when selecting a wood floor.  We will ask you a series of questions show below.

  • What specie of wood have you selected and is it the best fit for your project.
  • Will the floor be solid wood flooring or engineered wood flooring.
  • What type of texture would you like to add, if any.
  • Will this be prefinished or site finished.
  • What color would you like.
  • Finally, would you like a urethane, oil or other type of finish.

If you are unsure of any of the answers to the questions, we will guide you through the selection process to guarantee best results.  After we have all the answers, we will be able to provide you with the exact floor floor sample for your project within 7-10 days.

If you do not have a Woodwright sample box in your library and are interested in the program, please feel free to contact us.

Cheers till next time!