So, Vonderosa Black is actually just that. It’s black oak and the special thing about it is that I don’t know of anybody else in the area that actually cuts black oak. So black oak is one of three or four subspecies of red oak, but it’s a specific species and it kind of has a tough time in the woods. And that’s what gives it all this character. So when we talk about character, character’s really defects, but they look beautiful to us and they’re wonderful for floors. So if you look here, for instance, these are wormholes. This was a woodborer.

If you look at the colors and the variation of the colors, that’s actually stain, that’s a defect. It’s a beautiful defect, but it’s a defect. This piece here, this dark piece, it was a piece where this wood was actually going to rot someday. The knots, the color, when I talk about the difference between it and red oak, which is also obviously in the red oak family, the red oak has that [inaudible 00:01:20]. That seventies feel of the cabinets, the red oak cabinets, that there’s just it’s red, it’s porous.

The black oak tree has a more of a yellow and browns to it. The other thing that makes it special is how we saw it. So we typically, when someone’s going to run flooring stock, they use a flat sawn piece of wood. Well, what we do is we live saw the logs.

So when I talk about lifestyle, what I mean is we take the log, we cut it into a cant. So we just cut the slabs off of the edge and then we slice straight through all the way through. And what that gives us is every piece of wood or virtually every piece of every board, every floorboard has a little bit of flats on and a little bit of quarter or rifts on in the same board and what that gives us this variation of grain. So if I show you here what I’m talking about, this is your classic flat sawn look.

This is your the outside of the board, which gives it this tight grain or rift cut. And where you see these flacks, these beautiful flacks, that’s where it’s actually a perfect quarter sawn. It helps with all the variation that we love to see. So what you’re getting here is a board, a floorboard that looks very similar to what’s so popular nowadays of a reclaimed board at 40, 45% less than what a reclaim board is. So that’s another reason it’s so popular.

The other thing that is the advantage of doing this live sawn cut is that it actually helps the stability of the flooring. And when I say stability, I’m talking about the dimensional stability with regard to moisture. That’s always a big question. People want a wide floor because of this beautiful look, very distinctive look, but they’re wanting to minimize the seams in the floor itself.

So obviously the wider a board is, the larger the seam. Imagine a one inch piece of wood is expanding and contracting with the change in the moisture in the house from the summer to the winter, and then taking a 10 inch wide piece, all the expansion that’s happening in those ten one inch pieces would happen on the edge of a 10 inch piece. So a lot of times when you get wide plank floors, you’re going to see some seams.

It kind of accentuates the board itself. It’s not a problem, but you don’t want excessive seams. Now to the point that a quarter sawn piece of wood is twice as dimensionally stable as a flat sawn piece. So if a flat sawn piece that’s four inches wide, a quarter sawn piece can be eight inches wide and still have the same amount of movement with regard to the change in the humidity in the house between winter and summer. So the fact that there’s quite a bit of quarter sawn blended in with the flats on, it actually makes for the less seams and a more stable product.