English Oak, English Pippy Oak, English White Oak, European Oak, Pedunculate Oak, Slavonian Oak
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This is an oak hardwood species not often seen or found in great abundance outside of Western & Southwestern Europe. It is perhaps best noted for its use in the manufacture of wine barrels; the wood is said to have a mellowing effect on the taste and texture of wines which are aged in the barrels. (It is an historical favorite among Italian wine producers.) Its heartwood is a light to medium brown, sometimes with a greenish hue. Its grains are generally straight (although sometimes interlocked or irregular), but its texture is coarse and uneven.
Like many other oaks, quartersawn pieces will typically display fleck ray patterns. Although not as dense as White Oak, it is also very responsive to steam bending, and is a tough durable wood. It, too, is easy to work, and glues, stains and finishes well.
Sustainability: Not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Common Uses: Wine barrels, cabinetry, furniture, interior trim, flooring, boatbuilding, and veneer.
Comments: Hardly ever seen here, this is an oak that remains in short supply in the US. It is a tough, versatile wood, and its renown in the wine industry dates back many centuries. Quartersawn pieces, again, provide maximum stability for this species, and their fleck figuring can be quite dramatic.
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