We use American or Canadian maple, which has a whitish-light yellow color. As a very fine pored and hard wood, it is ideally suited for the construction of our inserts.
The beech from domestic landscapes and neighboring European countries is still the most popular type of wood for the furnishing of drawers, this being also due to its favorable price. The slightly reddish coloration creates a pleasant atmosphere and fits to the most furniture. Beech wood is, like all other types of woods used by Stratmann, hard wood and it is best suited as drawer insert.
The oak we use, imported from America, has a distinctive, brownish color and great hardness. Oak is currently experiencing a renaissance, after it disappeared from the market in the last few years. Thereby, it is often used in its natural color or slightly brightened, for the building of furniture.
Ash has become very popular in the past few years. The core has a dark brown color, the sapwood has a bright, yellowish color. Currently, the demand for highly grained wood species, such as colored ash is very high, so there is also a demand for such wood in the area of interior fittings for drawers. Stratmann uses colored ash, meaning a mixture of core and sapwood, in the cutlery inserts, so that a vivid, modern veneer is created in the cutlery trays. Second, we deliver a black varnished ash.
The cherry tree, like the majority of the wood used by Stratmann, comes from North America. Initially, it has a very light color, but it darkens after a short period of time, turning into the typical, reddish to brown color. Although its color is quite similar to the one of the beech, it is its rarity which makes it very noble.
The outer annual rings serve to the sap and/or water management of the tree. This part of the tree will be denominated as sapwood. The older, inner annual rings of the tree serve as guidance and they are filled with deposits, such as tanning and dye, resin and the like. As a result, the wood is less processed, becoming heavier, stronger and more durable. If the sapwood of the inner layers presents a discoloration, it is denominated as core wood. (confer “Technical knowledge for carpenters”, Wuppertal, 1980)
Also called solid timber, solid wood refers to the type of wood which is not put together – for example, glued – in any way and, thus, differentiates itself from engineered woods, such as clamping plates or also multiplex panels. All our cutlery inserts are manufactured from solid wood profiles.
For our drawer inserts, we use wood from the American walnut tree. As opposed to the European walnut tree, the American version has a darker color. Therefore, the core will have a dark brown color, whereas the sapwood can have a very light color. Until a few years ago, the sapwood was not used, as much as it was possible; in the meantime, approximately 20% of the sapwood was acquiesced. The difference between the core and the sapwood contributes to the characteristic image of the walnut tree.
The wengé presents a very dark veneer pattern, ranging from dark brown to almost black. The sapwood has a very light color. The wengé is imported from Africa and it is one of the most expensive but also one of the most beautiful types of wood. The wood is heavy and hard, being suitable for drawer inserts and interior divisions. At Stratmann, only the core wood of wengé is processed.
The wood that we use is FSC certified and comes from sustainable cultivation.