(first layout attempt)
This end-grain wood floor was the original inspiration.
I'll be going with the layout below:
(six tiles shy)
With excess irregular tiles, I can also form bookmatched coasters.
It really doesn't smell like Cedar. It's rich and earthy and behaves more like Walnut, besides the purplish cast and clay colored sawdust. The man who built and lived in that house milled the wood from his own land; I can't imagine it's not indigenous. Despite looking different in every photo, the tone is consistent throughout so it can't be stained. I'm still not sure what kind of wood it is, but I am sure I love it!