Many people know the oak as Ferdinand's favorite tree in the world of fairy tales. In the real world, the oak tree has a fascinating history to say the least. During the great power period in Sweden (1611–1718), the oak was protected and owned by the state thanks to its suitability for shipbuilding. If you cut down an oak tree in the 17th century, you received a fine the first two times, the third time it was the death penalty. Since the oak grows very slowly, foresight was required. That is why oaks were planted in Gustav Vasa's time, which were to be used for shipbuilding only in the 20th century.
Many oaks in Sweden belong to the Swedish cultural heritage. The oak named Birger Jarl in Stockholm is 800 years old, as is Stockholm, which was founded 800 years ago by Birger Jarl. The oak is still alive with a verdant branch and has received the nature value class 1, which corresponds to a nature reserve and means - do not touch.
Properties and use
Oak wood is very hard, heavy and has a high content of tannic acid. The tannic acid means that the wood has great resistance to rot and a high resistance to water and moisture. If the wood is exposed to water for a long time, it blackens, but retains its properties. The wood is highly valued and can be used to create most things, both indoors and outdoors; furniture, thresholds, floors, stairs, front doors, roof shavings, ships, houses, parquet, panels, posts and barrels, etc.
The wood is beautiful yellow gray to reddish brown with clear annual rings. Often with a very homogeneous and uniform appearance throughout the log.
The answer to why AlmaForm chooses to use oak as one of the types of wood in its production is: You cannot have a carpentry workshop without wood from oak - that's just the way it is.
Facts & text: Ann-Sophie Gottryder