German hardwood: ecological – innovative

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Despite being a densely populated country (approximately one quarter of the population of the USA on an area smaller than the State of Montana), over 30% of Germany is covered in woodland. Germany was the first country to decide to harvest only so much timber as it was possible to reforest in parallel. This practice has been functioning effectively for over 300 years now and has also been applied successfully in the USA. It is a way to secure the raw material base for the German sawmilling industry for future generations.

German wood – a secure and sustainable raw material base

Every year, 120 million m³ of biomass is newly grown in Germany, which, in the case of many types of wood, is by no means used to the full extent. A historical forest heritage and modern sustainable forestry ensure that the woodland is managed in accordance with ecological principles and with due regard to biodiversity.

We currently have approximately 3.4 billion m³ of wood in reserve in our woodland. As a consequence, the woodland does not only provide a secure raw material base but, at the same time, such forestation also significantly reduces CO2 emissions – an active contribution to the protection of the climate!

Oak

The oak (botanical name quercus) covers approximately 9% of the woodland in Germany. Around 2 million m³ of oakwood are harvested every year. It thrives best in especially nutrient-rich soil. Ancient Germanic peoples believed the oak to be a tree of the gods and it was venerated at cult sites, gathering places and at their courts. Oakwood ranks amongst the most precious woods, some of the trees having to reach 240 years of age before they can be harvested, for example, for veneers. Individual trees can live as long as 1,000 years. Its color scale varies from biscuit to light brown, darkening as time passes. The annual rings have a strong, decorative contour. The wood is moderately heavy to heavy, hard and resistant, but nevertheless elastic.

Oak is the most popular wood in Germany for interior decoration. It is used for furniture, solid wood floorboards, and wall and ceiling panels. Especially high-quality oak parquet and plank flooring is also currently in great demand abroad. Additionally, oak is an ideal wood for carpentry – for framing, interior fittings, doors and gates, windows and stairs.

Oakwood is marketed in the form of roundwood, sawn timber and veneer. It is extremely versatile, fulfilling the most stringent requirements in relation to visual effect, strength, hardness and durability for the type of wood to be used both in interior decoration and in building and construction.

Protected by a water sealer, oakwood will last virtually forever. In the past it was used in the form of large driven piles for grillage foundations, which have kept church foundations in groundwater stable for hundreds of years. But even if you are not planning to build a gothic cathedral, you can rely on the proven hardness and durability of German oakwood in many different ways to defy the most difficult weather conditions outdoors. Finally, another important use of oakwood is the storage of wine and whiskey in oak barrels, which contribute to their characteristic taste as they age.

Here you can find sawn timber of Oak