We spend a lot of time talking about all of the work that we do to craft quality stair parts, but it is important to recognise that what they are made of can be just as important as how they are made. We work with many different types of wood across each different range of stair parts. Each of the timbers we work with has its own properties and merits. It is essential for us to have a keen knowledge of all of our different timbers and their properties.
Although it is common for customers to choose a timber primarily for its colour, the reality is that there is much more to them. Today we will take a look at each of the different woods that we work with and explore the properties that make them unique:
Ash has many properties in common with Oak (indeed, it is sometimes used as a substitute for white oak); it is a hard, heavy ring porous hardwood and even bears a similar grain. Ash is lighter and less dense than Oak, but only slightly so. It is an excellent choice for furniture and staircases.
Walnut is another hardwood that provides a strong, hard and durable form. The colour can vary from light to dark, but we use the Black Walnut for its warm chocolate brown colour. The grain of Walnut can vary depending on the cut, with burls, strips, mottles and crotches being more common than in other woods. These irregularities can make finding suitable Walnut materials more difficult, which is why it often commands a higher price point. As with most things in life, the extra cost is well worth it because this timber is simply stunning.
Oak is a heavy, strong and light coloured hardwood that is ring porous. Its use as a building material is well reputed throughout history, even dating back to the Viking Longships of the 9th and 10th centuries. Oak and Ash have many things in common, but the one thing that makes Oak stand out is its high tannin content, which makes it especially resistant and durable. English Oak has slightly more character than its American equivalent.
Pine is a softwood with a medium weight and density that still manages to be strong overall and be resistant to shrinking and swelling. It is very easy to work with in terms of sawing and machining, although gluing can be difficult if it has a lot of resin in the wood. Because of its softer properties, pine has a limited lifespan when used outside but is ideal for interior projects where cost is a consideration - a staircase being a perfect application. It can be painted to achieve the desired look for your home.
Sapele is a wood of African origins that has a lot in common with Mahogany. Upon its discovery, it was immediately popular, causing a problem with over-harvesting from which it is still recovering. It has an interlocked grain that is sometimes wavy, but otherwise uniform and features a good natural luster.
Environmentally Friendly Timber
We genuinely care about the source of our timber, We only use suppliers who can vouch for the ethical and environmental standards of the forest and timber mill from which the wood comes. Much of our material is FSC or PEFC certified and we hold "chain of custody accreditation" for both of these internationally recognised standards.
All of our stair parts are crafted with expertise and precision to an impeccable standard. You can explore our range of timber staircase parts. If you don't see the part you want in your preferred timber, it's possible that we can make it for you on a bespoke basis. In such a case, all you have to do is get in touch.