With a long history of producing fine art floors, including a
"Floor of the Year" award winner, artist/craftsman Kent MacPherson
created Quarter-Sawn Flooring to produce a grade of hardwood
flooring that was previously hard-to-find or unavailable in the
flooring industrythe best of the best, so to speak.
Most hardwood flooring has a wide range of grain angles extending
from 0 to 90 degrees. This produces wide variation in quality and
in grain pattern. "Quarter-sawing" is considered the best hardwood
flooring, and generally refers to wood that ranges in grain angle
from 60 to 90 degrees. Our product is the best of the best, with
grain angle at the very high end from 80 to 90 degrees. By having
the grain running perpendicular to the surface of the flooring we
achieve a tighter grain pattern that has the added feature of being
"ray-flecked". While far more time intensive, this method produces
flooring that cuts across the wood's ray cells yielding the
spectacularly iridescent and shimmering "flake figure" best
described by the word chatoyancethe property of changing in luster or color like a cat’s eye.
Others have described this luxurious pattern as one that presents
subtly varying color in much the same way that fine silk's color
varies depending on your angle of observation.
This flooring is superior in other ways as well. By having such a
high grain angle, the usual expansion and contraction that hardwood
floors experience with changes in humidity are kept to an absolute
minimum because the expansion of the flooring is up and down rather
than side to side, virtually eliminating cupping or enlarged gaps
between planks. Also, because of this reduced expansion we can
offer wider 4-6" planks.
Just as no book or print can fully reproduce the feeling one gets
standing before a great original painting, no photograph can
capture the visual quality of this flooring. Our Quarter-Sawn
Flooring has to be seen to be fully appreciated.
In addition, we have rigorous quality control standards,
eliminating knots and imperfections with detailed hand inspection
of every board. Every step from choosing the logs through final
delivery of the tongue and groove planks is focused on maximizing
the outstanding quality of our final product.