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Robinia

French Robinia allso called false acacia is a thorny timber which is not growed in plantations. It use to be considered as an invasive variety, before its become one of the greatest timber for outdoor layout works. This is the most sustainable french timber.

Density Between 720 and 800 Kg/m3
Hardness hard wood
Class of use 4 exepted sap
Stability low on fresh wood, but much higher if rift sawn
Technical sheet [PDF]

Sweet chestnut

Sweet chestnut is available in large volumes from french forests and especially in Brittany. This resistant timber full of qualities has a straight mid sized grain.

Density Between 555 and 750 Kg/m3
Hardness hard - semi hard wood
Class of use 4 excluding sap
Stability good
Technical sheet [PDF]

Oak

France is the second world biggest producer of oak timber, which is to be found easyly in our forests. this resistant timber, with regular straight grain is the king of timber for a lot of uses.

Density Between 700 and 800 Kg/m3
Hardness hard - semi hard wood
Class of use 4 excluding sap
Stability good
Technical sheet [PDF]

Beech

Beech is the most common hardwood timber in France after oak. this timber shows a fine, straight grain . I light color varies from whithe grey to light pink, with possible red pith.  After steaming he gets an homogeneous color. Beech is used a lot to manufacture furnitures, and for building projects thanks a higher fire resistance.

Density Between 600 and 750 Kg/m3
Hardness hard - semi hard wood
Class of use 2 without treatment
Stability low, but much higher after steeming process
Technical sheet [PDF]

Ash

Ash is to be recognized with its light color whichvaries from cream white to pale brown. Grain is gross but straight. Ash is resistant thanks long fibres ans very aesthetic.

Density between 600 and 750 Kg/m3
Hardness hard wood
Class of use class 1, comparable to class 3 if high temperature treated
Stability Medium, good if THT
Technical sheet [PDF]

Poplar / High temperature treaded (THT)

Poplar is a timber with light color, from white to grey. Wood is soft and light, and shows a fine grain with satiny aspect. After beeing heated to high temperature (without chemical treatment) hi will get a very high durability and stabilité. his color will change to brown.

Density between 420 and 480 Kg/m3
Hardness very soft wood
Class of use class 1, comparable to class 4 if high temperature treated
Stability Medium, good if THT
Technical sheet [PDF]

French Douglas

Douglas, also called Oregon pine, is a softwood which is to be found in Vosges mountains, Massif central (centre of France) and also in Brittany and Limousin (Limoges area). This light pink colored timber has very good mechanical characteristics. Excepted sapwood, this is a very durable timber.

Density 540 Kg/m3 (wood)
Hardness semi hard wood
Class of use 3 excluding sap
Stability Stable
Technical sheet [PDF]

French Larch

French Larch is a sofwood which well supports dryness and bad wether conditions. Available also from Siberia and Austria, this timber with brown/red colour will get a patina by getting older

Density 600 Kg/m3 (wood)
Hardness semi hard wood
Class of use class 3 excluding sap
Stability low to medium
Technical sheet [PDF]

Red cedar

Red cedar is a canadian timber, which is mostly used for outdoor purposes, whithout any treatment. Colour changes then to grey with silver reflects. Cedar is liked in grade 2 due to low knots presence and its good stability

Density 370 Kg/m3 (wood)
Hardness soft wood
Class of use Class 3
Stability very stable
Technical sheet [PDF]

Scots pine

Scots pine, also called "Northern red pine tree" is availaible in large volumes in Europe and France as well, in mountain ranges but also in Normandie, Sologne (Orléans) or the Loire valley.

The logs are straight and allow to get long lengths, in a brown / red color, with straight and fine grain.

This timber is not naturally sustainable but can be treated by autoclave to get a class 4 of use

Density Between 500 and 550 Kg/m3
Hardness soft wood
Class of use 1 to 2 without treatment, 3 to 4 after treatment by autoclave
Stability Medium
Technical sheet [PDF]