THE DIFFERENCE IN WOODS WE OFFER

we know it can be hard to understand, so WE WILL EXPLAIN

THE DIFFERENCE IN WOODS WE OFFER

we know it can be hard to understand, so WE WILL EXPLAIN

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Pine wood

  • First thing you need to know about pine is that it is a soft wood. Soft woods can easily dent and scratch when not looked after correctly. Pine wood is indeed a solid wood but solid doesn’t necessarily mean tough…
  • We do not sell our Pine wood furniture to be used outdoors as soft woods don’t do well outside. They are super prone to temperature changes and will start to lose shape and crack when exposed to natural elements as well as big fluctuations in temperatures.
  • Pine is not naturally water resistant.
  • Pine shows many signs of grains and knots. Some pieces have way more knots than others. This is completely natural and we can never guarantee what the wood will look like as each piece tells a story of the tree’s history. Just keep in mind when choosing this wood, that there will many signs of grain lines and knots.
  • Pine wood is typically a creamy white color, though it can sometimes have a yellowish hue with the dark knots offering a pleasing contrast.
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Ash wood

  • Ash wood is a smooth-grained wood known for being moderately hard, heavy and strong. With this in mind, ash wood won’t dent and scratch as easily as Pine wood.
  • Ash wood is one of the most durable options available for fine furniture, right below white oak.
  • With its typical straight grain and beige-to-light-brown hue, ash wood is a very attractive option for fine furniture.
  • Overall, the wood is quite light and tends to be various shades of beige/yellow-ish which will darken slightly over time.
  • Ash wood almost always has a straight grain, though the conditions the tree grows in will occasionally create unique patterns.
  • Fun fact: Fraxinus, the scientific name for ash, is a member of the olive tree family.
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American white oak wood

  • Oak is a hard and heavy wood. This distinction doesn’t refer to a wood’s ability to resist damage, though.
  • Oak is indeed highly durable.
  • White oak tends to be a light beige to medium brown.
  • White oak’s water resistance lies in its pores. They’re totally sealed off by tyloses.
  • White oak wood is one of the most toughest options available for fine furniture.
  • White oak is mostly straight grained with a medium to coarse texture. Its grain pattern is quite unique, which makes it one of the easier species to recognise.
  • Oak wood has a tell-tale smell that is common to most oaks. Most people find it appealing.

A few extra facts about woods

  • All woods tend to change hues a bit as the years go by. Generally speaking, lighter varieties will become richer (darker), while darker woods will lighten some. This is a natural process caused by exposure to UV light and oxygen.
  • While most people think “hardwood” is a reference to the durability or density of wood, it actually only refers to the type of tree the wood came from. If it’s a hardwood, that means it came from a dicot tree– typically a broad-leafed variety of tree. If it’s a softwood, it came from a gymnosperm tree–  typically a conifer.
  • No stain on any type of wood (pine, ash, oak) will ever be the same as each wood type is completely different.