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English brown oak / Quercus petraea (syn. Quercus sessiliflora)
and Quercus robur (syn. Quercus pedunculata)
of the family Fagaceae. These are in the white oak group.
5" x 5" flat cut, 5" x 5" quartersawn, 1" x 1" end grain, and a 1/4" x 1/4" end grain closeup.
Ring porous with a row of large earlywood pores 2 to 4 deep changing immediately to radial groups of very small pores surrounded by light colored tissue that make up fat dendritic groups or sometimes just fat radial strands. Faint diffuse-in-aggregates parenchyma in short tangential lines between rays is present but can sometimes be hard to see even at 10X. Rays are thick and discernible with the naked eye and growth ring boundaries are distinct. Since this is a white oak, there is tylosis in the pores.
English Brown Oak is a form of European oak that (1) grows in England and Europe, and (2) is infected by a fungus that comes from a mushroom that grows on the tree and that changes the color of the wood, while the tree is still growing, to a rich beautiful honey brown.
European oak is a very useful and attractive wood, but it pales in comparison, both literally and figuratively, to the wood once the fungus converts it to English brown oak.
NOTE: these pics were all taken in very bright incandescent lighting ("soft white" at 2700K)
colors will vary under other lighting conditions