The majority of European Oak is sourced from Croatia, with 41% of the landmass being covered in forest. Croatia has the perfect temperate climate for producing high quality European Oak logs, that take upwards of 120 years to grow. Both crown cut and straight grain boards in prime grade oak that is predominantly defect free, limited traces of sap and small natural pin knots.
We have over the years used other species of oak and have found European oak being the most stable and giving the best quality finish. The heartwood varies from light tan to biscuit or deep brown. Rays and growth rings show an attractive figuring with occasional silver flecks.
A fairly hard, heavy and dense hardwood. Pre-boring is advised for nailing and screwing. Good for painting, sanding, staining and polishing. European oak can be darkened by fuming with ammonia. Due to tannins present in the timber, oak wood will react with ferrous metals when wet. Select non-ferrous (brass or stainless steel) fixings where possible. Extremely durable.