The Elm tree is a semi-hard wood producing light to medium reddish brown heartwood with lighter sapwood. The grain is generally coarse, interlocked, and uneven in texture making it a challenge to work with, though being a rugged wood it holds screws and nails well. It does move quite a bit while drying but responds well to steam bending, and it stains and finishes well. Mature elms are scarce though we do occasionally have slabs in stock here waiting to be shipped.