English Oak (Quercus robur)
Common Names: English Oak, European Oak
Distribution: Most of Europe to Asia Minor and North Africa
Color/Appearance: Heartwood is a light to medium brown, commonly with an olive cast, though there can be a fair amount of variation in color. Nearly white to light brown sapwood is not always sharply demarcated from the heartwood. Quartersawn sections display prominent ray fleck patterns.
Janka Hardness: 1,120 lbf
Density: 3.5 lb/b.f.
Allergies/Toxicity: Although severe reactions are quite uncommon, oak has been reported as a sensitizer. Usually most common reactions simply include eye and skin irritation, as well as asthma-like symptoms.
Common Uses: Cabinetry, furniture, interior trim, flooring, boatbuilding, barrels and veneer.