Choice of Woods

The New Oak Tree uses ten different types of woods to make its furniture. All are hard woods. All are suited to our climate.



The contrasting reddish and cream colors make Hickory a beautiful wood for furniture. It is extremely tough and resilient, but hard and very heavy.

Some woods are stronger than hickory and others are harder, but the combination of strength, toughness, hardness and stiffness possessed by hickory is unmatched in any other type of furniture wood.


Red Oak

Red Oak is an extremely strong, tough wood that has a pronounced open grain. It has a slight orange or reddish hue. Red Oak gives you a sense of strength, warmth and friendliness.


Quarter Sawn White Oak

Quarter-sawn means cutting into the log at a 90-degree angle to the growth rings. This lets the wood show a special grain pattern. Quarter sawn oak shows more, yet finer, grain than regular cut oak. This wood has a white to a sage hue. A classic grain is used to make furniture with classic lines. Mission and Prairie Mission furniture is most often made from quarter sawn oak and usually with at Michael’s stain.



Cherry is a hard, durable wood that has a reddish-brown tone. The grain is very tight and comparatively straight, and it often darkens and looks even richer as it ages. Cherry is often used in elegant styles such as Queen Anne, Imperial or French Provincial because of the subtlety of the grain.



Maple is used extensively in furniture making because of its fine texture. Very hard, maple is known for its durability. Maple is basically cream or ivory in color with minimal grain. This wood captures light and brightens space.



Walnut has long been considered one of the most desirable woods. It has a rich, dark chocolate color with hints of grey, black, purple and even dark blue with a beautiful grain pattern. Walnut isn’t as hard red oak or maple but it is harder than cherry.



The heartwood of elm is a brown to dark brown in colour, sometimes with shades of red. The grain is striking and complex.

In sunlight, it almost seems to be alive. Many have said that our elm furniture looks like layer upon layer of peacock feathers.