Smoked oak is an oak wood modified in colour tone, the appearance is thus identical to that of European oak. The wood is coloured dark brown or even black with ammonia. The colour tone ultimately depends on how much tannic acid is present in the wood. Compared to natural wood or thermowood, the dark shade of smoked oak is more stable against UV light.
Trade names and other names
German: Eiche geräuchert
English: Smoked European oak, Smoked Oak
French: Chêne fumé
Italian: Rovere affumicato
Available veneer thicknesses
0.56, 0.9, 1.4, 2.4 mm, other thicknesses on request
Oak is found almost all over Europe, in Norway up to the 63rd degree north latitude and in Russia up to the 57th degree north latitude, as well as in the Caucasus and in Asia Minor, furthermore in the south as far as central Spain, Sicily and on Crete.
Trunk and bark
Oak reaches a height of up to 50m in favourable locations, with a diameter of up to 2m, but usually shorter and weaker. The trunk of the oak is consistently well grown, often twisted and knotless up to 15m. The bark of the oak is thick, deeply longitudinally fissured and dark grey.
Characteristics and wood colour
The oak has coarse pores and sharply defined annual rings. Wide medullary rays appear as light shiny bands in radial section and as brown lines in tangential section in oak wood. The yellowish-white sapwood of oak is only narrowly developed. The heartwood of the oak is grey-yellow when fresh, later darkening to light to dark brown when exposed to air.