American Chestnut was highly valued in earlier centuries for it’s long straight grain, which made it easy to saw. But the tree was eradicated by blight in the early 20th century, and today it is only found in dismantled old barn structures, making it among the rarest of reclaimed woods. Today, re-milled Chestnut is preferred in applications where a warm rustic look is desired. Chestnut has an especially warm character, along with infrequent nail marks and insect bored worm holes that now often define reclaimed chestnut. The typical light brown to chocolate coloring of chestnut has a rich aged character.