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Elm is a rugged wood with a graceful beauty for interiors.  We love it for cabinets, floors, walls, and many other surfaces.  It has light shades of golds, yellows, oranges and reds.  Our Elm is sourced from sustainable forests where we know the farmer or harvester.  We hand select all lumber to provide the most unique surfaces for interiors.  This Elm can be finished in a number of different ways.  It’s a stunning wood that will bring character to your kitchen.

Elm is a dynamic wood for stunning interior cabinets, floors and walls.  Colors ranging from light golds to reddish browns to oranges and yellows offer a warm and sophisticated interior surface material.  We hand select and carefully organize lumber and panels for our projects, and the look is varied.  We prefer Elms that show off its wonderful interlocked grain, with a strong perpendicular pull to the main graining axis.  Elm with burls and other surface movement is also desired for select applications.  When the right lumber is chosen, and the boards are combined in the right way, Elm can be one of the most beautiful woods in our interior collection.

We tend to mainly work with Elm hardwoods, which is very dense and durable.  Its medium-hardness holds up well under regular use.  In construction, Elm wood can be used for cabinets, interior flooring and walls, trim and millwork, and veneers.

Elm is a softwood and hardwood tree species, but we prefer the hardwoods.  They both come from deciduous trees known as Ulmus.

Because wood is a product of nature, no two pieces of wood are alike.  The exact same Elm species growing in different locations can result in wildly different looks.  Please stop by or order a sample to confirm the look you want.



Wood Type



Cabinets, Interior Floor, Interior Wall

Wood Color

Light Brown, Orange, Reddish Brown, Yellow/Gold

Wood Finish

Gloss, Matte

Wood Grain


Wood Hardness

1,000 – 2,000 lbf

Wood Decay Resistance


bring your HOME to life with unique surfaces:

The finish materials you use for the surfaces around your home can become some of the most important focal points in your home.  Using a carefully selected wood for interior floors, cabinets, and other surfaces can add a unique tactile effect that exudes beauty and luxury.  With our carefully curated wood options, your home can set a new standard.  This Elm a great example.


Elm is a great wood for cabinets, interior flooring, interior paneling, veneer, and millwork.

Color Range

Elm has a mix of colors in the lighter range.  Our wood is light to medium reddish brown, with tints of yellow, orange, and gold.  Elm will exhibit moderate color variation from board to board.  Quartersawn Elm shows off its beauty best.

Elm doesn’t need to be stained if you appreciate its lighter color range.  But as will all wood, it’s color changes over time.

Finish and Texture:

There are over 20 species of Elm, but the wood from most naturally exhibit a strong texture and a dynamic grain.  We like to finish our Elm with a light brush or sand it smooth.  We want the wood’s natural beauty to come through.

Because of Elm’s natural luster, we rarely stain it.  Varnish can provide a matte or gloss seal.


Elm has an interlocked grain, giving the wood a very unique look.  Burled Elm (Carpathian Elm) can also be found in English Elm wood, which has a strong swirled look.  As with many woods, the grain pattern can change based on the type of cut.


This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or the IUCN Red List of threatened species.  However, Elm trees are being killed by a fungus called Dutch Elm disease.  Many growers a propagating a hybrid, disease-resistant trees, which is showing promise.  We source our Elm wood from trees cultivated in North America by environmentally responsible harvesters.

When we source and manufacture building materials with sustainability in mind, we live in a healthier world.


Elm can be challenging to work with due to its interlocked grain.  It also has poor dimensional stability.  Quartersawn surfaces are especially difficult.  Planing can cause rough, fuzzy surfaces and even tearout.  It is easy to glue, stain, and finish.

Decay Resistance:

Elm is rated as non-durable, but we have found it resists decay well when used indoors, and it doesn’t split.

U.S. Measurement
International measurement
Janka Hardness: 1,540 lbf 6,850 N
Average Dried Weight: 42 lb/ft³ 675 kg/m³
Modulus of Rupture: 14,800 lbf/in² 102.1 MPa
Elastic Modulus: 1,650,000 lbf/in² 11.38 GPa
Crushing Strength: 6,780 lbf/in² 46.8 MPa
Density: 35 lb/ft³ 570 kg/m³
Shrinkage: Radial: 5.3%; Tangental: 11.6%; Volumetric: 17.7%
83%+ Clear:

We start with Select & Better graded lumber that is at least 83% clear on one side.

Kiln dried:

All of our wood is kiln dried and stored in a protected warehouse.

We store our wood as S4S, which stands for “surfaced on 4 sides.”  The boards have two flat and parallel faces and two flat and parallel edges.  The boards are first surfaced on both faces (S2S) with a planer, and receive a rip on both edges.

BULK Commercial Pricing

Because we have become known for our unique material selection, we do sell wood slabs to third parties.  If you are working on a large project and in need of large amounts or slabs, we can offer great pricing for bulk orders.  We can also finish the wood for your project.  However, our wood is hand selected for superior appearance and performance, so contact us to confirm availability and to receive a quote.

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