Monarch Plank recently launched its new Alpine Riftsawn Collection, featuring Select Grade straight grain Alpine Ash from Tasmania. Riftsawn wood, one of the most exclusive and sought-after looks in fine furniture and paneling, has long been limited to the domain of high-end custom flooring. The Alpine Riftsawn Collection makes this precious material available in a prefinished, in-stock luxury range of subtle, smoked and reactive-stained colors. Sacrificing nothing, each floor boasts thick ¾ in. construction, a hefty 6mm wear layer, and an ultra-low gloss urethane finish by Bona.

Alpine Ash is a species that is sometimes also referred to as Tasmanian Oak. In truth, it is neither Ash nor Oak, but rather a species of Eucalyptus. It is the same hardness as European and American White Oak.

Like many more commonly known species, there are diverse levels of quality associated with Tasmanian Oak. Monarch Plank’s Alpine Ash comes only from the rugged mountains of Tasmania, and offers a lighter and more consistent color than other Australian species that are sometimes traded as Tasmanian Oak.

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