The beauty of hardwood flooring is timeless. For hundreds of years, North Americans have been using hardwood to clad their floors. Why? Because hardwood grain has the depth of nature in it. It is beautiful, and part of that beauty is in its unique variation: in pattern, colour and texture. Sometimes it is tempting to see this natural variation as an imperfection. In our day and age of synthetic materials, sometimes we want our patterns to be perfectly symmetrical and predictable.