What are medullary rays in oak furniture?

These mystery lines are a naturally occurring finish called "medullary rays" commonly mistaken as water marks but are actually something which adds deep character and beauty to our solid oak furniture items.

Let us explain to you with the science of it all...

These rays are created by plant cells which stretch vertically at an angle that's perpendicular to the tree's cells or growth rings as they are more generally known. These ribbon-like cells allow the conveyance of sap through the trunk, making them a vital part of the growing process of the tree.

When the log is cut, the cells produce silver slithers and markings across the cut area that become particularly striking when the oak is polished, varnished or oiled.

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You will never find these rays in lesser Oak Furniture.

A true sign of quality Oak Furniture