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Choosing a Wood for Your Furniture

January 09, 2018

Choosing a Wood for Your Furniture

Here at Norya, we have selected three premium types of wood to work with. All of our designs are available in these materials, and between them there is enough variety to match any home decor.

 

American Walnut (Juglans Nigra)

Harvested from the ancient forests of Eastern North America, this wood is prized for its rich, warm coloration and beautiful, flowing grain. The curly and wavy patterns which occur naturally in the wood are enhanced by our high-quality German finishing, which helps to bring out the contrast and put the grain on proud display. Additionally, the density of the wood means it can be polished to a lustrous shine, all the better to showcase the grain.

Structurally, Walnut is also extremely sturdy and durable, even being to use building airplane propellers during World War I. Walnut trees grow to a towering 30m in height, so the wood that supports all this mass and weight grows to be very strong. We use the heartwood, the strongest part of the tree, to ensure our products long-lived just like the trees that they originate from. An additional benefit is that walnut wood is quite water resistant, shrinking very little if at all when soaked and dried.

European Dark Oak (Quercus Robur)

European Dark Oak, also known as English Oak, is finished in a deep brown color and has a less pronounced curve in its grain than American Walnut. The dark coloration can lend a sense of gravitas and formality to your home. The dark wood can be combined with lighter surroundings to create a high-contrast, modern aesthetic.

This wood is strong and durable, as well as containing naturally occurring chemicals called tannins in the wood that serve to protect living trees from invasive insects and fungi. Once made into furniture, the wood retains these protective qualities as well. Like the German Oak, the European Oak prefers a wet soil and as a consequence is tolerant to flooding as a tree and moisture as a furniture material.

Just like German Oak to which it is closely related, the European Oak grows tall and strong. The trees reach great height and can live for a very long time, with the oldest specimens estimated to live up to 1,500 years.

German Oak (Quercus Alba)

The German White Oak has an attractive pale color and a straight, even grain pattern. We finish the wood with minimal color adjustment as it is very evenly colored and attractive even in an unaltered state. The neutral tone of the wood lends itself well to Scandinavian style aesthetics, being light, cheery and unobtrusive.

Furthermore, the wood has a unique closed cellular structure which makes it very resistant to water penetration, rot, and attack by funguses. This property means it has been made use of for centuries in applications that required exposure to liquids, such as caskets for aging liquor, and shipbuilding. The world's oldest oceangoing vessel still floating, the USS Constitution, or Old Ironside, was partially constructed from White Oak.

White Oak is light but strong, in order to support not only its tall trunk but also its widespread branches. The tree can reach 44 meters in height and live for a thousand years. Many large and ancient White Oak trees have taken on minor celebrity status.





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