White Oak was the wood species of choice for artisans of the Arts and Crafts movement, and it still looks stunning on mission and shaker styled pieces. It is also the state tree of Illinois. All the white oak used by our producers has been quarter sawn, which means that when the lumber is prepared, the log is first cut into quarters lengthwise. The boards used to make furniture are then sawed from the quartered logs. The end result is a beautiful tight and even grain that takes stain and displays natural figuring well.