At this moment we work with different types of wood. For instance chestnut, larch, oak and accoya. Our chestnut products are always rough and not planed. Other types of wood are meticulously sawn, planed if desired and further processed by us.
Larch wood is exceptionally sustainable due to the large quantity of resin naturally present. These European types of coniferous wood are increasingly more appreciated by architects, because of their sustainability (class III), the fine processing and availability. We treat larch wood with a tar-like product in spots where air/soil contact occurs.
Larch is part of the conifer family and has a light brown/yellow colour, it is sustainable, waterproof and strong. The grain of the wood is moderately fine. The thread is usually straight. Larch is very suitable as construction wood. Particularly for terrace roofs, fences and decking or garden furniture.
Origin: France and England
Chestnut wood is nice and robust material. The wood is very sustainable by nature and is categorised in sustainability class I-II. It is excellent timber: resembles oak wood in terms of structure. Chestnut wood is highly sustainable as the (core of the) wood contains a lot of tannin. The wood of the sweet chestnut has fine fibres and it is quite resistant to moisture. It has a longer shelf life than oak wood and thus it is very suitable for the manufacturing of fences, garden furniture, bridges and supporting posts for fencing along the coast.
The sweet chestnut (Castanea Sativa) is a member of the beech family, also called Fagaceae. It is a tree type that grows fairly fast and still produces hard wood. In some parts of Southern-Europe, the ‘coppicing culture’ has existed for more than two thousand years. In these areas, due to the turnaround time of the coppice (15-20 years), only a small area is cut every time, in order to maintain a varied biotope.
Our oak wood originates from France and because of its sustainability class II we call it European hard wood. Oak is strong and hard and still easy to process and finalise. Whilst under water it should be properly protected and preserved (piling and yacht construction). Oak can be applied almost anywhere, for instance as construction wood, in shipyards, when building bridges and water works and as a lighting armature. Just like the sweet chestnut, oak has a high natural tannin content. Metals that come into contact with oak may corrode as a result of this.
Oak wood has its very own properties, with nice ‘concentric zones’. It can be used untreated and while exposed to the elements, over the years it will age lightly in a very natural way. Oak wood is meticulous sawn while fresh and usually delivered planed for our applications in the lightings products.
A very interesting type of wood, if sustainability is at the top of your list. Accoya wood is categorised in sustainability class I and is the most sustainable wood worldwide. Above ground it will remain in top condition for 50 years, whilst underground, it will last for 25 years or longer. Accoya is modified and made sustainable through and through by use of a natural acidification method. This means that when sawing or profiling accoya wood never any wood surfaces will appear that have not been made sustainable. This modification provides two important advantages: The sustainability can be absolutely relied in a way that was previously impossible. And the wood has a guaranteed constant quality in accordance with defined standards. More information about accoya.
Sustainability of our wood
|class||degree of sustainability||indication lifespan in years|
|1||very durable||> 25||Accoya|
|1-2||durable to very durable||15-25||Kastanje|
|5||not sustainable||< 5|