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In the past, we imported dark woods from the tropics, but with smoked oak we have our own “tropical” wood of local Nordic origin. Thus, we can vary the expression of our furniture without importing woods from afar. Our resource awareness and attention to where we source raw materials have made the treatment relevant again.
Traditionally, oak smoking has been used as a way to darken wood.
Oak has a high content of tannic acid, which is why, among other things, it has been utilised for producing wine barrels, where the tannic acid adds depth and flavour to the wine as it matures.
The smoking proces
In the smoking process, tannic acid mixes with ammonia vapours, lending the material a deep and intense glow. However, as the wood easily gets scratched during this treatment, today a smoked natural oil is often used to obtain the same effect. The oil adds a dark and warm glow to the oak, highlighting the texture and colour differences of the material and makes the surface more durable. If desired, you can repeat the treatment at a later stage in order to brush up the glow.