Here’s an article from the Leaf Chronicle, based in Clarksville TN, with a great overview of the benefits of white oak as a species. Of course as far as material for lumber goes, it’s a key export. But the benefits of white oak are not just about furniture making and hardwood flooring. The species has also contributed to the sheltering wildlife and as a resource for early North American cultures for thousands of years.
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White oak is a part of my own history. I grew up in a town called Oakville, no less. The town is so named after the native white oak trees which fueled the town’s early economy as a shipbuilding centre in the early 1800s. White oak is naturally gifted as a water-tight material, so as a material for shipwright’s it was perfect for the foundation of the industry, and of the town.