Spalted Tan Oak

Lithocarpus densiflorus.  Tanoak has an interesting history. Back in the 1800's in Oregon, roads were constructed through the forests in order to log Tanoak. At that time the tree was used primarily for the natural tanin produced in the tan oak trees.  Tanin was and is still used for treating furs and hides (which was a booming business with the 1800's fur trade).  Douglas fir trees were cut and used as a secondary use species while they were logging the tanoak.  Today the tides have changed and Tanoak is logged only because the Douglas Fir trees are being cut.  Tanoak can have some interesting patterns when it spalts as much of our stock does. Central Pacific coast.  W23423: Live edge. Counter top/ mantel/ bar top. Surface checking and other blemishes. Great spalted color and figure.
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