Slavonian oak is one of the unique forms of the twenty-six species of European Oaks. This mighty timber -often called “The white Oak” - grows in the area which stretches over the border region of Hungary, Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia. This region has optimal climatic conditions to obtain the exceptional quality and beautiful structure of the oak. Growth is slow and even. The groundwater level is good, the wind amount is favourable and the height above sea level encourages optimal growth. All these contribute to the characteristics which we appreciate so much: beautiful warm appearance, straight and smooth grain, and even tint and malleability. The wood is also resistant against the effects of varying humidity (shrinkage or expansion) which ensures that there is no danger of splits.
The above-named characteristics mean that Slavonian oak is one of the very top woods. There are obvious advantages over highly-rated Polish or French oak. Polish oak is somewhat tighter and harder which renders it liable to splits; French oak, on the other hand, is forested in regions relatively close to the sea and is, therefore, softer and has a less even structure.
Slavonian and Hungarian oaks were the main oaks used in France and Italy up until the 1940s to produce barrels for the finest wines, furniture for the Nobles and Rulers, floors for those who needed the best quality, mainly made by the best Italian master craftsmen over centuries. It wasn't until the '60s that French oak became the oak of choice for those industries. Hungary - where our logs are sourcing from- and France have the best government control over their forests. Hungary's state-controlled forests go back 450 years while France has had control of their wood since the time of Napoleon when trees were sourced for the Navy.