We love Sweet Chestnut at All Good in the Wood
Sweet Chestnut is similar to Oak but more lightweight and far easier to work with. As the tree grows faster than Oak, the product is ready to be harvested sooner, re-grows quicker and therefore is a far more sustainable product.
Light in colour, hard, strong. Futhermore it responds well to coppicing and produces tannin-rich wood every 12-30 years.
Sweet Chestnut has high levels of Tannic acid. The presence of tannins make a timber species more durable and far stronger than softwoods. High levels of rich tannins protect the wood against attack and damage which make it great for outdoor use.
The formation of tannins links to the conversion of sapwood into heartwood. Sapwood lies closest to the bark, the outer and the youngest part of the wood. The collection of tannins in sapwood is generally low, making the wood less durable and prone to decay and rot. The heartwood has no living cells but a much higher density of tannins. This makes the wood far more durable and resistant to decay. As the sapwood transforms into heartwood the tannins are made.
There are also great environmental benefits for using timber in your projects. A sustainable, renewable resource like the Chestnut tree, leaves a low carbon footprint and can be recycled right up to the end of its life.
Not only great for all our products at All Good in the Wood, additionally Sweet Chestnut also provides an important source of nectar and pollen for insects and bees, who love the flowers and red squirrels enjoy eating the chestnuts.
Did you know?
The Ancient Greeks dedicated the Sweet Chestnut to Zeus and its botanical name ‘Castanea Sativa’ comes from Castonis, Thessaly in Greece.