Oak is iconic, naturally providing the curves and arches we would all recognise as typical of traditional timber framing. You can see the lines and shapes in the wood, and literally hear it change as it naturally adapts to temperature and dries with age.
All of our Oak comes from PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) certified forests in Europe. Oak’s incredible durability means that, used in a rough-sawn state, it can last for centuries without requiring treatment. The interior will maintain a beautiful honey gold colour. Exterior Oak will weather to a softer hue.
Our understanding of timber frames enables us to work with the shrinking and movement inherent in Oak. We design this out of a frame prior to construction. Timber frames have no problem meeting and exceeding stringent modern standards of weather tightness and airtightness.
Our timber is inspected before felling. Tree felling is timed to reduce sap content and protect the timber from beetle attack. The timber then sits for 9 to 12 months before it is cut ready for each frame construction.
Green Oak continues to be the exclusive choice of framing carpenters. Being new timber, it is easier to cut and shape than older timber which may have become split or deformed.
The moisture content of Green Oak is between 30% and 80%. It takes several years for Oak to fully dry out. The frame is formed whilst the moisture content is still relatively high so that tight joints and seals can be readily formed.