European Oak is one of the most popular wood veneers, versatile and varied in use and appearance. It is also known as English Oak or Burr Oak. This hardwood is one of the dark european species, now also grows in Minor Asia and in the North of Africa.
This well known and loved species produces a myriad variety of different types of very useful veneer. Depending on the individual log and the way in which it is sliced, European Oak may be plain and straight grained with a minimal look, it may be highly figured with pronounced medullary rays, or crown-grained like many other types and even rustic looking with pips and burr clusters that can be spread over the full length of the log.
European Oak Crown Cut presents a fine cathedral and is frequently to be seen at the centre of the sheet. This with its coarse texture and its medium weight define this hardwood species.
The colour of the heartwood varies from light brown yellow to brown, and the sapwood is a little clearer and is clearly separated. Its fibre is straight and the grain is thick. Indeed, growth rings are visible and they are very marked.
This rustic veneer is characterized by aged and little refined areas, irregularities and little polishing on the surface. Indeed more imperfections, burls and cluster knotts along the leaf, make this veneer into a more appreciated option in the market.
Oak Crown Cut Character is one of the latest trend process in modified veneers. Aged veneers imitate natural aging evolution of the wood. Also is known as “silver aged” because the result of the process is a silver unique colour. Moreover, Oak is one of the species with amazing results in special character logs.
As European Oak is a traditional wood of multiple applications, it has been imposed on all sectors of housing, mostly as wooden decorative in the furniture and interiors industry.
The new trend changed towards a greater appreciation for the natural, antique and craft making materials which has generated growing taste for European Character Oak in the interior design. However, it can be combined with classical and modern elements mixing even stone and metal for getting a personal style.