Sustainable European Oak & Ash

BestWood is committed to partner with like-minded people who make floors that withstand the test of time, which is the epitome of sustainability:

Our Dutch supply partners, Hakwood, founded in 1979, make floors and wall tiles from only the finest timbers and are able to offer Forest Stewardship Council certified timber, on request.

Sourcing the best material:

“Our quest is primarily targeted at European Oak: wood that is characterized by a less prominent grain, neutral tan colour and raw, natural appearance… Starting in France, through Germany, and into the Balkans… this is where we look… We are very critical in our quest”…. Hakwood Blog

Hardwoods sourced from managed forests are a particularly advantageous material in several respects:

Plantations act as global carbon sinks.

Sawn hardwoods require much less embedded energy to prepare than alternative building materials including concrete, steel, and glass.

The thermal and acoustic insulation benefits of hardwood finishes are well documented and of increasing importance to homeowners and building managers who aim to minimize energy consumption.

Given our exceptionally strict criteria, our logs are sourced from trees that are at least 100 years old, sometimes older.

Beyond Europe, Hakwood explore the world in search of bold, beautiful and high-performance woods: luxurious American walnut, hearty blond ash and robust species from South America.

Wood at rest:

Selected logs are taken to the spacious Hakwood grounds at Werkendam, in The Netherlands. After milling, boards are allowed to dry, calmly and slowly in the fresh Dutch air for up to six months. Visitors never fail to notice the impressive stacks with jute (hessian) cloths used to protect the end grain. The planks themselves are separated by small wooden spaces called stickers, that only minimally touch the wood. When the tolerance of the moisture content is within the tight range we require, the wood enters an optimized program in the kiln.

We take great care to make sure the wood releases its moisture without tension. Because wood that starts at rest, prefers to stays at rest.

When the tolerance of the moisture content is within the required range, the wood enters an optimized program for expert kiln-drying.

Hakwood take great care to make sure the wood releases its moisture without tension. Because wood that starts at rest, prefers to stays at rest…

 

 

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