Oak wood

Oak wood

The durmast is an high valued wood with a long, ancient history. The sessile oak, which it comes from, has been considered a sacred tree in several european cultures, such as the Romans, the Greeks or the Celtic population.

Due to its remarkable height, it has always been associated to thunders and lightnings whose strikes frequently hit its peaks, whereas the druids were used to perform their rituals.

The oak was a symbol of strength and survival, and it is not surprising that its wood is so esteemed and valuable.

Focus on the material

Along the European hills

The sessile oak’s scientific name is Quercus Petraea and it belongs to the family of the Fagaceae, whose woods inhabit most of the hilly regions in Europe. It is massively distributed in all the Italian paeninsula and across the UK, expecially in Ireland.

The oaks can grow over 30 meters and they live up to 500 years, making them valuable not only for humans but for the ecosystem as well.

Across the centuries, it has been used in several ways. Thanks to a substance called tannin present in the durmast, the wood was perfect for the textile and leather industry, where it was used to attach the colours on vegetable fibers; moreover, the tannin’s scent always made the durmast the best material for wines barrels.

Tough like rock, precious like gold

Nowadays the durmast is used mostly for high valuable parquets and luxury furnishings.

There are three main kinds of sessile oak: the American, the European and the Japanese. All of them have the same physical and mechanical qualities, but they slightly differ for the colour, which goes from a whiter shade to a redder one.

Getting older, the durmast wood gets brighter and tends to a yellow-brown tinge which reminds gold and increases its already high value. Hard as a rock, its overwhelming resistance to any threat makes the durmast a shield against the age.

With boldness and pride, it watches over the flow of time with no fear.