Beech is a fairly dense, hard, heavy wood that resists dents and takes a good polish.  It has good properties as kitchen chopping boards and worktops.  It has a moderately high movement in service,  so it will warp / expand / contract if moisture content changes.  Our beech wood will be conditioned for a central heated environment and should not be left for any lengthy period in an unheated damp workshop,  for instance, while being worked on.  Old trees commonly show rich warm orange, pink & red heart colours and often flame (a type of ripple figuring).  Overly mature trees may show ‘Spalted’ black line markings.