The Poplar used by MAR-K is harvested from the Ohio River Valley region. The Poplar cut in this region offers the best combination of length and width, along with a good medium texture. Poplar has a white to cream colored sapwood, while the heartwood varies in color from a very light green to purple or even black. The grain pattern of Poplar is rather non-descript. Poplar often yields lumber with exceptional length and width. Poplar is one of the more versatile hardwoods. It is most commonly used as a paint grade material, however it can often be used as a Cherry, Walnut, or Birch substitute depending on the color and finish used. Poplar is very easy to work with and does take a finish well. Poplar is used in the manufacture of paint grade cabinetry, paint grade mouldings, furniture, and architectural millwork.