Birch is colored white, making it a lighter colored wood. Its sapwood can be reddish brown or it can be a darker brown, still not very dark compared to other woods, with a hint of red to it. The grain of this light colored wood is straight with a fine texture, giving birch a uniform appearance. Its workability is really good. It can glue, stain, work, nail, and screw well. Resistant to shocks, birch is also hard and light in weight.