White Oak. Quercus Alba.
Here in New England, Northern White Oaks have a tendency for epicormic branching, which leaves a legacy of knots in the grain of the wood. We created our live sawn white oak natural grade flooring to highlight these character marks.
The live sawn cut saws directly through the log, and the log is sliced all the way through without being turned. This results in boards with a lively variety of grain from quarter sawn to rift sawn to plain sawn, and this cut makes a floor that is very stable. Sometimes the live sawn cut of white oak flooring is referred to as “European center cut oak” or “French oak” because this method is an old world style of sawing that maximizes the use of the log. Whether you want to call it French oak flooring, European oak flooring, center cut oak flooring, or live sawn oak flooring, this cut celebrates the character and personality of the individual trees used.
See our livesawn White Oak at Frye Boot stores.