David Witts has been manufacturing using wood for 50 years. In his workshop at Wittswood he works almost exclusively with Oak, sourced from a sustainable sawmill in Northern France that he has worked with for many years.

Whether David and his small team of experienced joiners is making a bespoke sized door, feather edge cladding, a barn sliding door or a ledge and brace door, David selects the best oak for his workshop.

Why is oak the best wood for doors?

Oak is a hardwood with unique properties that make it an excellent choice for manufacturing doors, gates and other wood products. ????

  1. Durability: Oak is a hardwood known for its exceptional durability and strength, making it ideal for high-traffic areas. Oak doors can withstand frequent use and are less prone to damage compared to doors made from softer woods.
  2. Aesthetics: Oak has an attractive natural grain pattern that adds a touch of elegance and warmth to any space. Its rich, distinctive texture can enhance the visual appeal of the doors, making them a popular choice for both traditional and contemporary interior designs.
  3. Stability: Oak has relatively low levels of moisture absorption and is less susceptible to warping or twisting compared to other types of wood. This stability ensures that oak doors maintain their shape and structural integrity even in environments with fluctuating humidity levels.
  4. Versatility: Oak is a versatile material that can be easily stained, painted, or polished to achieve various finishes, allowing for customization to complement different interior styles and colour schemes. This flexibility makes oak doors suitable for a wide range of design preferences.
  5. Longevity: When properly maintained, oak doors can have a long lifespan, often lasting for decades. Regular care and maintenance, such as periodic cleaning and refinishing, can help preserve the natural beauty and structural integrity of the doors, contributing to their longevity.
  6. Insulation: Oak has natural insulating properties that can contribute to energy efficiency in a building. Oak doors can help maintain indoor temperatures by providing a barrier against heat transfer, which can result in reduced energy consumption for heating and cooling.
  7. Environmental benefits: Oak is a sustainable and renewable resource when sourced responsibly. Using oak for door manufacturing supports responsible forestry practices and promotes the conservation of natural habitats.

What is European Oak like?

European Oak is light to medium brown with a straight, coarse grain. At Wittswood, David Witts uses 2 grades of Oak depending on what the final customer requires:

  1. Prime Grade Oak- this is a top- quality grade Oak. The oak has minimal knots and colour variation, with an almost straight slope of grain.
  2. Character Grade Oak – slightly more colour variation and knots than prime grade oak. As its name suggests, this grade of oak has more character.

Why is Oak more durable?

At Wittswood, the oak we use is kiln dried as standard. This lowers the moisture content, increases resistance to decay and kills any woodworm or insect infestations. It is also a dense hardwood making it very durable and resistant to wear and tear. This makes it ideal for doors that are used frequently, especially external doors subject to the elements. ????

Whether it is a barn sliding door, a ledge and brace door or a driveway gate, each door or gate will be expertly handmade to order at Wittswood’s workshop in Lincolnshire by the team of experienced joiners. Each product that Wittswood make has a unique quality, no two doors are exactly the same. Trees are like people in that each one is unique.

Check out the full range of Oak products at Wittswood, whether it’s a bespoke oak ledge and brace door, a made to measure oak barn sliding door or oak feather edge cladding, Wittswood can manufacture to meet customer’s requirements.


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