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Oak, English Brown

Brown Oak is technically not a distinct species of Oak, but rather refers to English Oak, or another European species, infected by the fungus (Fistulina hepatica). Once the wood has been cut and dried, the fungus dies, leaving a rich, golden brown lumber.

Thicknesses

Subject to availability

4/4
5/4
6/4
7/4
8/4
9/4
10/4
12/4
16/4
20/4
1/2"
3/4"
1"

Distribution

Most of Europe, to Asia Minor, and North Africa

Scientific Name

Quercus robur

Specific Gravity: Basic

0.53

Specific Gravity: 12% MC

0.67

Janka Hardness

1120

Colour/Appearance

Heartwood is a golden brown to deep brown colour. Quartersawn sections display prominent ray fleck patterns.

Grain/Texture

Grain is straight, with a coarse, uneven texture. May have irregular or interlocked grain depending on growing conditions of the tree.

Endgrain

Ring-porous; 2-4 rows of large, exclusively solitary earlywood pores, numerous small to very small latewood pores in radial arrangement; tyloses abundant; growth rings distinct; rays large and visible without lens; apotracheal parenchyma diffuse-in-aggregates (short lines between rays).

Rot Resistance

English Oak has been rated as having very good resistance to decay, and is commonly used in boatbuilding applications.

Workability

Produces good results with hand and machine tools. Can react with iron (particularly when wet) and cause staining and discoloration. Responds well to steam-bending. Glues, stains, and finishes well.

Odor

Has a tell-tale smell that is common to most oaks. Most find it appealing.

Allergies/Toxicity

Although severe reactions are quite uncommon, oak has been reported as a sensitizer. Usually most common reactions simply include eye and skin irritation, as well as asthma-like symptoms.

Pricing/Availability

As an imported wood, English Oak prices are likely to be high with a premium on English Brown Oak, for its rich, aged  look.

Sustainability

This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
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