The English have loved oak furniture for years. The oak tree symbolises strength and reliability, and this is because the wood itself has these properties.
Oak is a hardwood that has an extremely long-life span. This timber’s durability is attributed to its exceptionally low moisture absorption rate and its superb fungi and bug resistance. It is unattractive to bugs because of the high tannins it contains, and it is water-resistant. It has been used widely in shipbuilding for these reasons.
The wood can be carved into many shapes and designs, comparable with traditional and modern furniture styles. The oak tree is native to Europe. This is possibly the core reason why it is extensively used in furniture making in the west. Although you can buy cheaper timber or oak veneers, none of them can match the durability and elegance of solid oak furniture.