The Mighty Oak, Our National Tree

Posted on Jun 04, 2011

There are many kinds of Oak trees, approximately 600 species worldwide, but here we are referring specifically to the Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra), aka Champion Oak.  This symbol of strength & vitality is the most plentiful species of hardwood in American forests and grows most abundantly in the eastern half of the US.  When purchasing Red Oak furniture, make certain it is Quercus rubra as lower quality oaks are often labeled Red Oak by unscrupulous dealers.  All of the Red Oak used in making our furniture is Quercus rubra, responsibly grown & harvested in the United States.

The majestic Northern Red Oak is a large, stately, slow growing tree that can live up to 500 years, per the USDA.  The lumber it produces is very strong, hard and holds up beautifully against the wear of daily use, making it an excellent choice for furniture and flooring.  In addition to possessing great strength, Oak “machines” well, meaning it does not pose a great challenge to saws, drills and other woodworking machinery.  Red Oak’s high tannin content makes it naturally resistant to rot, decay and insect infestations.


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Northern Red Oak Acorn - Quercus rubraOak’s grain pattern, overall appearance and performance vary greatly depending on the method used to cut the logs.  The most common ways of milling oak logs are plain sawn & quarter sawn.  We offer plain sawn Northern Red Oak and Quarter Sawn White Oak (QSWO) for nearly all of our furniture.  In future posts, we’ll focus on the difference between plain sawn red oak & QSWO.  Regardless of the processing method and species, all of our solid wood furniture is bench-crafted in the United States by skilled craftsmen on an old world scale.  Every piece is custom made to become a treasured family heirloom.