Sessile or durmast oak, pedunculate oak (English, French, Polish oak).
UK and Europe, Asia Minor and North Africa.
Usually straight grained, but irregular or cross-grained material can occur depending on growth conditions. Characteristic silver grain figure on quartered surfaces due to broad rays.
Light tan to biscuit colored.
British and Baltic oaks - 720 kg/m3 (45 lb/ft3).
Slovanian oak - 670 kg/m3 (42 lb/ft3).
From .67 to .72, according to type.
Steam bending classification - very good
If in contact with iron compounds - blue stain
It dries very slowly with a tendency to split and check. Medium movement in service.
There is a moderate to severe blunting effect on cutters, which should be kept sharp. Quartered stock requires a 20 degrees planing or moulding angle. The wood takes waxing, liming, fuming and polishing treatments very well.
The heartwood is durable, extremely resistant to preservative treatment, but the sapwood is permeable.
Furniture and cabinet making
Ecclesiastical work such as pews, rood screens, pulpits, and carving