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A dry oak beam with natural ageing: it is fantastic building material. Some oak beams are up to 15 years old; time provides quality oak wood.
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What are air dried oak beams? As the name suggests, these oak beams have been air dried at our woodyard, located in a former brick factory. The former plant is situated in the middle of the floodplain: a place with a lot of wind. During the dry months the river provides humidity: the right conditions for drying oak.
Like wine and whisky, a long time period is required for oak beam to attain quality. The so-called ‘seasoning’ (or drying) of oak beams is essential before the wood can be used in an outbuilding or veranda, for example. The drying process of oak beams is a natural process; over the years, the winds, rain and sunshine cause an oak beam to dry about a centimeter per year towards the core. This means that a 20×20 cm oak beam already takes ten years before its should be perfectly dry.
The air dried oak beams in our collection are at least five years old, and some reached the age of 25 years. Most of of these oak beams have never been applied before, and for that reason are free of metal, notches or treatments. Compared to reclaimed oak beams, air dried oak beams are therefore more straight and square. On the other hand, the beams are characterized by a well seasoned appearance.
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