Warm colour, coarse texture and its straight grain makes Red Oak one of the most popular hardwood species, with a versatile and varied use and appearance.
Red Oak, also known as American Red Oak or Northern Red Oak, grows on the Eastern of North America. Its medium weight and coarse texture came from logs which primarily are founded throughout the Appalachians, Ohio and Kentucky.
A faster growing member of the Quercus family American Red Oak veneer has a coarser, more open grained texture surface. Its fibre is also straight.
As its name implies a slight reddish hue is visible in its appearance. Indeed, the colour of the sapwood varies from light grey to pale red, and the heartwood from pinkish to pale red or clear brown. The heartwood is similar to other Oaks, with a toasted or pink color, but has a reddish tint. Growth rings are visible. Wood rays are also visible and present the classical flakes of oak in the radial section. Indeed, Red Oak Rift Cut has less imperfections that a quarter cut and the flake is usually much smaller.
Red Oak is nearly to all common uses of hardwoods, and especially popular where strength and durability are required. Moreover, many sizes are available and are great for any project. Many logs of this species are peeled in the U.S.A. for commercial plywood manufacture with only the better logs being sliced for decorative veneer.
Red Oak Rift Cut Fumé speeds up the natural ageing process. The fuming reacts with the acid in the older mature wood, changing the colour to various shades of grey brown to almost black, sometimes slightly streaked lighter or darker. It should be noted that the sapwood remains unaffected by the process.
The result is a cold and dark veneer that is perfect for luxury yet discrete environments at the same time. It adapts to the latest trends and developments, offering every time more value. Red Oak Rift Cut Fumé brings
a sophisticated chance that can be mixed with every kind of atmosphere that an architectural project want to achieve.