french oak wood


The finest “French Oak” actually comes from the Spessart forest in Germany, a forest that has been carefully managed for three hundred years and should be used as the model for worldwide sustainable hardwood management.  This is a forest in which trees will only be harvested when they are fully mature, a process for White Oak that takes two to three hundred years.  The harvesting is done very carefully to be unobtrusive to recreational users of this resource.  At the annual Spessart log auction the bidders represent the top veneer, wine barrel makers and lumber companies in Europe – they compete for this limited outstanding product.

  • The finest textured White Oak
  • Golden brown color, very close to old growth North American White Oak
  • Used for fine veneers and the best wine barrels
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Characteristics of European Oak

Origin of Wood Type Europe
Botanical Name Quercus petraea
Specific Gravity 0.72
Avg. Weight Per BF 3.75 lb/ bf
Color Range Brown
Rarity / Availability Readily Available
Typical Avg. Width 3″ to 20″
Typical Avg. Length 6′ to 16′
Avg. Waste Factor 0.5
Wood Uses Fine Furniture, Cabinetry, Architectural Millwork, Wood Turning, Boat Building, Wood Carving, Flooring, Veneers and many other uses
Lumber Grades Quartersawn, Flitch, Veneer
Other Trade Names European Oak, French Oak, German Oak, Spessart Oak, Fultz Oak
Spessart Oak / French Oak / European Oak Lumber Pricing