Why Choose Quartersawn White Oak?By Bailiegh Basham · February 24, 2015
Quartersawn White Oak Fine Amish Furniture
Aside from outstanding Amish craftsmanship, the quality and beauty of the wood used plays a huge role in the standard of our furniture as well.
Quartersawn White Oak is renowned for its durability as well as its distinctive grain. Unique, wavy lines are evident in the wood ensuring no two pieces will ever be the same. With a finer texture than Red Oak, Quartersawn displays a medullar figure known as fleck, or flake. This is due to the internal rays of the wood being exposed. Depending on the piece of wood, this flake pattern can be very dramatic giving it a three dimensional appearance.
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As far as durability is concerned, Quartersawn White Oak is more stable than plain sawn wood and is less likely to be sensitive to environmental changes such as temperature and humidity. Additional structural benefits include a reduced chance of warping or cupping. Considered a harder wood than Red Oak, Quartersawn White Oak gets a 1360 on the Janka Hardness Scale.
Quarter sawing involves cutting the tree’s growth rings at a 90-degree angle to produce a uniform and vertical pattern. The end result produces tight, parallel lines running the length of the board.
Many Quartersawn White Oak trees stand over 100 feet in height and grow intensely in the Eastern United States. While it is not particularly hard to locate, Quartersawn White Oak is more expensive because it yields less lumber per tree and requires more manpower than plain sawing.
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While Quartersawn White Oak was once scarce and labor-intensive to produce, we are experiencing a resurgence in its adoration due to consumer demand. Quartersawn White Oak has become a hallmark and wood of choice for accurately recreating the Mission and Arts and Crafts style. We find that customers not only love its unique appearance, but also want quality, American handmade furniture built to last.