Wormy chestnut refers to American Chestnut (Castanea dentata) trees that were devastated by the chestnut blight in the early 1900s and then damaged by insects, leaving holes and discolouration in the remaining trees. After that, the trees were cut and turned into the timber.
Wormy chestnut is often rescued from old barns and other structures, reconditioned and marketed as reclaimed timber. Wormy Chestnut is ideal in situations where a rustic or unpolished appearance is required due to nail holes, discolouration, worm and insect damage. This wood is commonly used for flooring, rustic furniture, shingles, and salvaged lumber.