About Hampshire Green Oak
Today, Oak remains the most desired timber and is popular as ever. It's certainly one of the most durable, versatile and prestigious timbers available which has been admired and used for centuries.
European Oak (Quercus robur) is a large, long-lived deciduous tree, widely distributed throughout Europe - from Northern Spain to Southern Scandinavia, and from Northern Ireland to Eastern Europe.
The heartwood is dense and tight-grained, making it especially well suited to many timber framed building and joinery projects where strength and durability have proved successful over past generations. Oak's durability is due to a high tannin content, providing a high level of resistance to insect and fungal attacks. With this excellent durability it can be used in many exposed exterior uses, as well as internally.
It's wonderful golden colour internally and weathered silver / grey colour externally together with its distinctive grain is what makes it so desirable.
One very unique feature is the medullary rays: also found in some of the finest quality antique furniture. Ribbons of cells running from the inside of the tree to the outside. This is particularly noticeable on timber faces that are cut at a paralel to the centre of the tree which can often be found in our beams.