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Sophisticated woods

Sophisticated WOODS

"Time spent amongst trees is never time wasted." - Katrina Mayer


We love to push the boundaries, always taking a step forward, showing our abilities and creativity. This is the reason why we are searching for rare timbers, which carries profound stories and strong energy. We call them Wood Stock Sophisticated Woods.

Briar flower and briar wood texture
Briar flower and briar wood texture
Briar has an uninflammable structure of wood therefore, it is used in pipe making
Briar has an uninflammable structure of wood therefore, it is used in pipe making

BRIAR

Briar is a unique flower treebush. It originates to African mountains, including the Ethiopian Highlands. It is also native to Mediterranean Basin, especially west Portugal, Madaira and Canary Islands. The wood has a shade of a complexion, yet the structure makes it possible to be treated with specific dies. This creates incredible colour tones and patterns. Briar, therefore, is a demanded symbol of status.


Did you know that ...

... its outstanding characteristic is the uninflammable structure of wood, so it is used in pipe making.

... in Africa it can reach up to 7 m, but it is more typical to find the shrub height 1-4 m.

... the wood is obtained from the tuber, harvested at the age 30-60 years!

EBONY MAKASSAR

Ebony is an flowering tree that is endemic to the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia.

It has a typical black wood brown striped with a wonderful purple undertone. Only very rare types of wood  are distinguished with such durability and hardness, although it is not easy to dry.


Did you knot that ...

... for centuries ebony makassar has been used in high quality design furniture.

... it is one of the most valued woods and, due its scarce, also one of the highest priced timbers in the world.

... the tree was named after the port-city of Makassar in the Sulawesi island.

Ebony makassar tree and its wood texture
Ebony makassar tree and its wood texture
Ebony makassar is a black wood brown striped with a wonderful purple undertone
Ebony makassar is a black wood brown striped with a wonderful purple undertone
White ebony tree and its wood texture
White ebony tree and its wood texture
The black and white pattern is caused by the tree fungus infecting a tree
The black and white pattern is caused by the tree fungus infecting a tree

WHITE EBONY

Exotic wood rocketing high pricewise due to its scarcity. A stunning game of contrasting black and white lines give its prestigious character. This typical pattern is caused by the tree fungus infecting a tree and creating a deep discolouration. This is how ebony makassar becomes white ebony.

The wood itself is very scarce as it can not be predicted whether it is a white ebony or ebony makassar behind the bark before a tree is felled. Due to this interesting story and its attractive look white ebony, therefore, is in great demand and belongs to the group of the most appreceated woods in the world.

FOSSIL OAK

In the remote past trees fell down in great floods. For thousands of years they stayed preserved in riverbeds. A tree preserved in silt is 3 to 4 thousand years old. Silt preserved its quality and sediments thoroughly changed its colour. A light shade typical for oak wood changed to  extremely dark, almost black in fossil oak.

Due to limited sources and difficult access to find trunks in a river fossil oak remains a rare jewel desired by many.
Oak tree and fossil oak wood texture
Oak tree and fossil oak wood texture
A tree preserved in silt is 3 to 4 thousand years old
A tree preserved in silt is 3 to 4 thousand years old
Horse chestnut root and its wood texture
Horse chestnut root and its wood texture
Horse chestnut fruits
Horse chestnut fruits

HORSE CHESTNUT ROOT

Horse chestnut is native to mixed forests of South East Europe and a small area in the Pindus Mountains mixed forests, but it is also a widely cultivated tree in parks in streets through the temperate world.

Horse chestnut root is a light and prized wood, yet hard to get. Difficult and hard to be excavated, therefore appreciated even more. There will be very fine lines drawn on a very light basis giving the impression they are manmade.


Did you knot that ...

... the seeds are slightly poisonous, since they contains alkaloid saponins and glucosides.

... seed extract is used in medical purposes. It has venotic  effect, vascular protection, anti-inflammatory and free radical scavenging properties

... the name derives from the false belief the tree is a kind of chestnut, in addition to the observation that the seeds are toxic to horses, causing them tremor and lack of coordination.

OLIVE TREE

Olive tree has been considered the holy tree, and worshipped by a number of Mediterranean peoples and cultures. An olive twig is the well known symbol of peace and prosperity and the fruit carries many healing properties. Wood from an olive tree is distinguished by its durability as well as stunning natural designs. There are delicate green, pink and purple shades intertwining on a light base. There is also this wonderful lingering scent of olives. Olive wood teaches us to be patient because a tree grows ever so slowly and dries very slowly, too. Tollerance gets rewarded when the wood shines in all of its natural beauty.

Did you knot that ...

... van Gogh painted at least 18 paintings of olive tree, which had a special meaning for him.

... in ancient Greece olive oil was used to anoint kings and athletes.

... olive oil was also used for the "eternal flame" of the original Olympic Games and the winners of the games were crowned with its leaves.

... the olive tree and its oil are mentioned 7 times in the Quran, including in one of the most famous verses - the Ayat an-Nur.
Olive tree and its wood texture
Olive tree and its wood texture
Vincent van Gogh and his 'Olive Orchard'
Vincent van Gogh and his 'Olive Orchard'