Frequently Asked Questions
Cross Section of Oak Tree
The tree grows from the heart which is at the centre. Each ring represents a years growth. (in fact if you look closely there is spring growth and summer growth)
The growth at the outer edge known as the sapwood has a lighter colour.
All wood varies in tonality. It is a natural product.
The lower grade material will vary more and so it is important to shuffle it as it is laid to blend the shades and create a more homogeneous appearance overall.
Fuming/smoking can also affect the colour as the tanins in the oak react differently on each plank. Sapwood contains less tanin and therefore reacts less in the fuming process.