5 things you didn’t know about Oak

5 things you didn’t know about Oak

Oak has many uses and you probably see it everyday in your own home, a friends home or your workplace, I certainly do working here at Better Furniture!

We all know that Oak is a hardwood derived from the Oak Tree or “Quercus Robur” in Latin for you intellectuals out there, but there are some weird and wonderful facts about this commonplace Tree that you may not ever hear about!

Fact 1 – Symbols

Oak trees, or branches are used as National Symbols for many countries and can be found on such things as Flags, Coins and Coats of Arms, some places have even named a county after a particular species!

5 things you didn't know about Oak
Use of the Oak branches as a symbol on the Presidential Flag of Estonia – http://www.printableworldflags.com/flag/283

 Fact 2 – Toxic!

The leaves and Acorns of the Oak Tree are actually toxic to many animals, and can be toxic to us humans! The tannic acid found in them can cause Kidney damage and stomach problems in some cases. It has also been found that animals that eat the leaves or acorns develop a taste for them even though they may get ill from them – how bizarre!


Don't feed the animals!
Leaves and Acorns from the Oak Tree can make some animals sick! – http://www.365redesign.com/category/signs/

Fact 3 – Famous Oak Trees!

Thats right, there are some Trees that have claimed fame and are in fact known worldwide for various reasons. The Bowthorpe Oak in Lincolnshire is believed to be 1000 years old and has made it into the Guinness Book of World Records!


Bowthorpe Oak Tree
The Famous Bowthorpe Oak Tree, estimated to be over 1,000 Years old! http://www.woodlandtrust.presscentre.com

Fact 4 – Musical Oak

Some of the finest Drums in the world use steam-bent Oak to give their instruments a much richer, brighter, and finer sound due to the density of the wood. For the same reasons, some of the high end pianos that you may see at a concert or in a cathedral will also be made of Oak .


Steam Bent Oak for a Drum
Oak that has been bent using steam, this will eventually become a Snare Drum! – http://www.dunnett.com/messe2008/08messe2.html
5 Things you didn’t know about Oak: Fact 5 – Maturing

This is my favourite fact of my 5 things you didn’t know about Oak Blog! The wood from the Oak tree is used in the maturing process of making many spirits and fortified wine, and wines. During the maturing process of spirits, Oak chips are added to give different flavours and can be toasted first to give essences of charcoal, smoke and even vanilla! Durnig the process of fortified wine and wine making, Oak barrels are used to give flavour, and also to allow the evaporation of alcohol and water, leaving a concentrated and more flavoursome taste, yummy!

5 things you didn't know about oak
This helps to save for that all important Vino fund! – http://www.sterlingwineonline.com


I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading, and have learnt at least 1 new fact out of my 5 things you didn’t know about Oak Blog!

Here at Better Furniture we have plenty of beautifully hand finished Oak Furniture for your Bedroom, Dining Room, or Living Room, we hope to see you soon!

Adam Wyer

Better Furniture Norwich