Wood use is as old as civilization, and Oak was among the earliest staples of the ancient forest – durable, stable and found in nearly every temperate zone across the globe. Cargo Oak has journeyed across the globe and back on cargo ships, before it’s use expires and the grey hardwood boards reach their next stage of reclamation and re-use.
The striking quality difference between the antique and new woods within many species, is far less pronounced in Oak. For instance, the re-surfaced figure, color and grain of a century old barn timber may look similar to a piece of strip flooring from Home Depot – leaving out, of course, the larger size and character marks of reclaimed wood. So the advantages of Oaks stable and attractive figure are still found in wood with a very recent provenance. That’s the case with our Cargo Oak, used as heavy duty crating for agricultural machines – they’re journey from cradle to reclaimed may be under five years. And it’s enough time for nature and industry to impart a measure of age and character; whether grey weathering on the rough sawn surface, stable stress cracks, or a staccato pattern of nail holes.