Paragraph 32. The beech tree is pretty generally known by its smooth bark of gray color. Practically everyone is familiar with the small, triangular nuts which the beech tree bears. Beech is a very strong wood and was once used for house construction, although it is now used principally in lathe work, in the construction of handles, certain parts of furniture and plane stocks. Beech wood is heavy, stiff and hard and has rather a coarse texture. It is very light brown in color with a pronounced figure of the grain, which, when once learned, can be easily recognized. Beech is not durable when exposed to the weather, shrinks and checks badly in drying, but when it is thoroughly dry it holds its shape well and takes on a beautiful polish.