patrob wrote: ↑Aug 2nd, 2008 3:02 pmHickory has a very similar grain to oak. It's around 500 points harder than white oak & long time ago skis & baseball bats were made out of hickory.
Colour wise I prefer white oak Musket but it's really a personal preference. Woods like ash, hickory & some others only come in Vintage grade.
Actually here is a pic of a job done in Musket colour
Thanks for the info, Patrob, and the picture. Very fancy installation job (your husband's?). Must have taken a lot of time but the end result is beautiful.
What would you say is the undertone of the musket oak? The small sample I have looks like it was made from one plank, a plank with subtle, straight graining, so it looks more like teak than oak. When the whole floor is laid, what is the undertone - reddish, orange, greenish, yellow, other?? Do you think it'd go with mahagony furniture? but wouldn't look too dark?
I think I prefer the oak to the hickory too. It looks richer and my hickory sample looks yellow/orange toned. Why do the woods you mentioned only come in vintage grade? I was surprised to see so much variation in the oak floor since it's estate grade. I guess that's the nature of oak and it's charm.
Thank you, as always. I'm learning more than I ever thought I'd know about wood