Birch Flame: Figured Lumber

Birch lumber can have a design present, and that design is typically a big broad curl resembling a flame going across the width of the board. This flame look gives the name Flame Birch or Curly Birch to the lumber. The flame can be tighter in the figure as well, but is very difficult to source.

Flame Birch is highly prized by woodworkers for a multitude of projects, from cabinetry to chairs.

Figured Wood: Birch Flame


Origin of Wood TypeThe U.S. and Canada
Botanical NameBetula Alleghaniensis
Specific Gravity.55
Avg. Weight Per BF3.5 lbs
Color RangeLight cream to brown heartwood
Rarity / AvailabilityCommon
Typical Avg. Width4 – 10 inches
Typical Avg. Length8 – 12 feet
Avg. Waste Factor25%
Wood UsesAll woodworking and cabinetmaking applications
Lumber GradesFAS through 2 common
Other Trade Names Flame Birch or Curly Birch