Help me find this flooring!
January 3, 2011 10:58 AM   Subscribe

Can anyone identify this hardwood flooring?

I was in the Banff Centre's Kinnear Centre on the weekend and they have this flooring in the "Maclab Bistro". Help me find it!

With my shoe for scale
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It's parquet hardwood, definitely real wood on the surface, in about 6" by 24" planks.

I have vigorously googled hardwood sites, the Banff Centre's page (including reading all documents related to this building), and the architect's page. I phoned the Banff Centre and they didn't know. Next step is phoning the architect, but thought I'd ask here first.
posted by some chick to Home & Garden (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
It's hard to tell, but to me it looks like black walnut for the species.
posted by plinth at 11:04 AM on January 3, 2011

It's black walnut, and it's friggin expensive! It looks like someone ripped it down into 3/8" by 6" strips and glued it up, then crosscut the whole thing (effectively making boards out of it) Probably put a tongue and groove on it or ship-lapped it, since there are no visible face nails. I've never seen this manufactured before, so the only thing I could think is that someone had a lot of time and money on their hands...
posted by Glendale at 11:07 AM on January 3, 2011 [1 favorite]

Hah! Found the search term: "Fineline walnut flooring" should get you closer to what you want (one example).
posted by plinth at 11:14 AM on January 3, 2011

Glendale, I think it's some kind of engineered floor and probably not expensive because it's in a big student bistro taking abuse.

Plinth! Fineline is exactly the search term I was missing. Thank you!
posted by some chick at 11:29 AM on January 3, 2011

Yeah, if it's a veneer than you're looking at probably less than 1/16" of actual black walnut, which gives it less of a shelf life, as far as sanding and refinishing goes :( It's beautiful though! I've never seen a black walnut floor IRL before. Currently renting a house with a cherry floor, and it's beautiful too..
posted by Glendale at 12:26 PM on January 3, 2011

FWIW, that's not black walnut; the grain patterns are completely wrong. My best guess is that it's stained red oak.
posted by jon1270 at 3:48 PM on January 3, 2011 [1 favorite]

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