Brown Oak is technically not a distinct species of oak, but rather refers to oak (almost always English Oak or another European species) that has been infected with a fungus. This fungus (Fistulina hepatica) has the effect of turning the wood a deep brown color. Once the wood has been cut and dried, the fungus dies, leaving a rich golden brown lumber.

Brown Oak is obviously not as common as regular oak, and the demand seems to be elevated, so prices are likely to be high for what could be considered a “domestic” hardwood for those in Europe—with prices going even higher for imported Brown Oak in the United States. Nonetheless, many people are willing to pay a premium for the rich, aged-look of Brown Oak.

A special thanks to Steve Earis for providing the wood sample, veneer, and turned photo of this wood species.


Brown Oak (sanded)

Brown Oak (sanded)


Brown Oak (sealed)

Brown Oak (sealed)


Brown Oak (endgrain)

Brown Oak (endgrain)


Brown Oak (endgrain 10x)

Brown Oak (endgrain 10x)


Brown Oak (turned)

Brown Oak (turned)


Brown Oak (70" x 8.3")

Brown Oak (70″ x 8.3″)

 


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