American White Oak

Common Name
American White Oak Quercus spp

Other Names
White oak, Appalachian oak, chestnut oak

Country of Origin
United States

American white oak is a pale yellow-brown biscuit colour with a pinkish tint. Straight grained with a characteristic silver grain figure on quarter-sawn material. This comes from the timber’s broad rays which give white oak more figure than red oak. Northern (Appalachian) oak is slow growing producing light weight, mild wood generally considered superior to southern oak which is faster growing with a harder, coarser texture. US forests have a long-standing tradition of sustainable forest management, bolstered by a strong legal framework for environmental conservation.

Mainly used for
Interior joinery & furniture
Wine barrel staves & caskets

American White Oak species fact sheet

Rosenfeld Kidson, as timber merchants acknowledge the importance of conserving the world’s greatest renewable resource.

We are pleased to advise that we carry Chain-of-Custody (CoC) certification that enables us to sell timber that carries either FSC certification (SGS-COC-006703) or PEFC certification (SGS-PEFC/COC-0993).

FSC certified timber and PEFC certified timber undergo independent, third-party audited certification procedures at every step of the supply chain. This provides designers, specifiers, architects and consumers absolute assurance that those forest and wood products labelled as FSC certified or PEFC certified originate from legal sources, which are managed to prescribed social, economic and environmental standards.

As a New Zealand timber supplier offering the country’s largest range and quantity of specialist certified timbers we believe that stocking FSC & PEFC certified timber is essential for our continued growth. A major part of our timber range has FSC or PEFC certification and we are continually striving to increase this.

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