Scientific Name: Betula alleghaniensis. This beautifully Flamed Birch was hand selected for beautiful figure and color. It is kiln dried and surfaced on two sides. This is a great species that is easy to mill and easy on the eyes. Flamed grain shows up on the quarter or rift sawn faces or edges the best. The depth and beauty of this wood is sure to draw attention to your fine woodworking. The photo was taken in natural sunlight by a professional photographer. Naptha was used to show the true colors and figure when a clear finish is applied. The raw wood will show the colors and figure when clear finish is applied but will not be as readily visible when you open the package.