A History Of Oak
There are many varieties of different oak trees around the world, the advantages of using this hard wood for construction purposes have been utilised effectively for many centuries and in-bedded within the history of England. All aspects of this natural resource have been put to good use such as the “tannin” from the oak bark which was used to cure leather. Even today its properties are relied upon as wine makers perfect the taste of wine from the tannin in their barrels. In the history of Oak and in recent years the use of oak frames have become more in demand throughout the building industry, it is important suppliers and users acknowledge the importance of sustaining this magnificent timber by purchasing from renewable sources such as fsc managed forests where the trees harvested are replanted for future use.
Advancements in transport have opened the floodgates for oak from other countries to be shipped in and used. European oak has become an established source throughout the UK and some suggest that it is better as it has been allowed more time to grow before being harvested. Uses of oak have stretched way beyond the construction industry. For instance, wine makers across the globe use oak to construct their barrels for their wine and even the bark is used as stoppers to seal the wine makers bottles. The symbol of a grand old oak tree is used as symbols for many countries and is displayed on coins and badges, even England itself claims the oak as its national tree.
Traditionally folklore has respected the oak tree throughout its history. Standing tall in the forests the oak tree was often struck by lightning which was believed to be a significant act from the heavens. Also used by the druids in a burning ritual the oak wood is burnt the celebrate mid summer. There is no doubt this grand old timber is loved and respected by all and that the romance of living with this beautiful timber is something we will see for years to come.