Committed to Responsible Sourcing

We view each piece of wood that enters our shop as a treasured gift rather than a commodity to be taken for granted. None of the species we use is endangered, but each tree is uniquely individual and deserving of our utmost respect.

Wood Species and Coin Grade

Created™ Hardwood can source nearly any wood species on earth, but focuses on wood species native to its home in Northeastern Ohio. Local hardwoods are not only more accessible, but also feature traits that express the core values on which the brand was founded.

Each piece of Created™ Hardwood is denoted by it's coin grade; Bronze, Silver, or Gold. Coin grade does not indicate the quality of wood, but rather the character, composition, and slab selection of each piece.

Bronze Grade: Lowest price point, multi-plank solid wood composition, made to order specification (size and species). No slab selection available.

Silver Grade: Middle price point, medium to high character, solid or bookmatch compositon, Created™ Hardwood selects slab for project. No slab selection available.

Gold Grade: High price point, high character, solid or bookmatch composition, slab selection available pending availability. Created™ Hardwood makes sure to provide at least two to three options for slabs.

Note: Each piece of wood is unique, actual appearances may vary. Species and grades are subject to availability.

Standard Species

MAPLE

Light in color, Maple can vary wildly from tree to tree, ranging from highly figured grain to buttery smooth and consistent texture. Another feature of some Maple slabs are Ambrosia streaks which occur from the Ambrosia beetle which bore into the wood, leaving behind small holes and beautifully colored streaks. The frequently high contrasting hues make maple ideally suited for natural or ebonized finishes.

Standard Species

SYCAMORE

Gaining in popularity, Sycamore often features caramel coloring or even reddish hues resembling cherry. Its tell-tale “ray flecks” are the earmark characteristic of sycamore, creating a unique lacey effect across areas of its surface.

Premium Species

ASH

Similar in character to Brown Maple, Ash features very rich contrast and coloroing with a coarser grain than that of Maple. Extremely hard and durable, Ash comprises some of our most interesting tabe tops. Please note, Bronze Grade Ash is only available with straight and inverted edges.

Premium Species

OAK

One of the most well-known and abundant hardwoods, Oak has a classic coarse grain look and feel that lends itself to a wide range of applications. Available in a number of subspecies, Oak is highly versatile and lends itself well to ebonizing.

Premium Species

CHERRY

Like Walnut, Cherry is famous for its deep, rich coloring that darkens with age. Also features a smooth fine grain surface and light sapwood live edge.

Premium Species

WALNUT

Walnut is our number one bestseller, and understanably so. Coveted for its deep brownish red color, walnut exhibits a rich appearance that often features figuring and a light sapwood edge.

Premium Species

EBONIZED

Ebonizing has become one of our most popular finishes, and with good reason. The iron acetate applied to the wood reacts with tannins to increase contrast and depth of appearance, often yielding spectacular results. It should be noted that ebonizing is unpredictable, producing a range of colors from browns to blues and even purpl es, which only adds to its allure.

Characteristics

COMPOSITION

Created™ products are made exclusively with solid wood. Three types of composition offer flexibility of form and price point and are often determined by availability.

SOLID | Solid surfaces are comprised of a single slab of wood. Silver or Gold Grade application pending slab availability.

BOOK MATCHED | Book matched pieces use two "mirror image" consecutive slabs joined together to form a wider surface than the tree would otherwise allow. Silver or Gold Grade application pending slab availability.

PLANK | Our most inexpensive and most versatile option, plank tops consist or multiple boards of trying widths, and are available with or without live edges. Bronze Grade Application.

SHAPE

Different applications and styles of decor call for different product forms and designs. Our slabs can be cut to any shape or size within the original dimensions of the slab.

EDGE PROFILE

The silhouette of a piece often contributes to its overall beauty as much as the grain itself. While the Created™ brand was founded on the organic shape of the Live edge, other edge profiles can be used to establish a particular design style and emphasize features of a piece.

FINISH

Created™ Hardwood prides itself on its best-in-class finish of everything we make from our largest table tops to our smallest bookends. As organic material, a piece of wood is always “alive”, responding to changes in humidity and the overall environment. Accordingly, we go to great lengths to ensure not only a beautiful appearance, but also maximum durability of our products.

FILLS

We use premium-grade sealers, varnishes and resins to produce the finest satin smooth surfaces (no moisture rings here!) and the most stable internal structures possible. We consider each piece of wood to be “perfectly imperfect” and while we embrace those imperfections, we do our part to make sure they’re as practical as they are beautiful.