History of hardwood in Norway

Deciduous trees are light and often strong, and has a variety of uses. Hardwood is widely used in panels and furniture, as well as the finer carpentry. Many deciduous trees provide hard material suitable for parquet and generally as material for floor. Temperate deciduous trees is suitable primarily for flooring, furniture, matches, rulers, pencils, skis and various other objects. Aspen trees are used for matches, as ash is very tough and strong and is suitable for ski poles, oars for rowing, and handles for tools. Temperate deciduous trees are rarely used in the paper industry or as building materials to a greater extent. From the 1600s and onwards the Norwegian oak was very popular and frequently shipped to the the Netherlands and England, and oak forests in the South of Norway was almost completely destroyed by logging.

In modern times there has never been more timber in the Norwegian woods than is the case today. The proportion of broadleaf has never been greater, and it is increasing.

In 1994 we imported lumber of broadleaf for approx a quarter billion Norwegian kroner. If we include plywood, topics, parquet floors simular we are approaching the double. The users of this are mainly Norwegian companies within the wood, fixtures and furniture industry.

Looking at the lumber part it is the oak, birch and beech that make up the bulk. The dark tropical wood species are experiencing a decline in the market share.

We can ask ourself the question why it is imported significant quantities of deciduous timber, when there are resources in Norwegian forests. The answer mainly lies in tradition, or forgotten traditions. As example, we can point out that from earlier times the birch was used in all sorts of household furniture, tools and other where we needed a durable material. But with the industrialization several old production traditions disappeared. Broadleaf was "a not interesting raw material" for the sawmill industry, and "forgotten" as a resource for forest owners.

In recent years, the Norwegian deciduous wood and Norwegian deciduous tree species have attracted increased attention, but is still lacking a lot of knowledge and information about how knowledge is to find.

Norwegian Wood Design would like to catch up with this tradition and will take advantage of Norwegian wood in the extent that is possible. Therefore, we have teamed up with a local planing mill, who has contacts in Eastern Norway and will ensure a good supply of Norwegian trees.

In our products we use mainly birch, oak, ash and alder from Norwegian forests. We may also use other woods, but this is not stocked species. The ordering time will usually result in slightly longer delivery time when other timbers are spesified.

Below you'll find our standard wood materials



Based on its excellent technical qualities and beautiful and varied appearance, the timber of birch are used to floor and stair materials, panels, kitchen furnishings, furniture and interior doors.

Birch wood has a hard and fine structure. The color is yellowish which may also assume a more brownish and reddish shades. Growth rings are not particularly clear. The wood has a neutral appearance and a comfortable surface.

Technical features:

Birch is a medium heavy wood with very good strength properties. The wood is strong and resistant to wear and strain.
The wood shrinks relatively much compared to other deciduous tree species. It will twists and turns if not pressed during the drying process.


Birch is easily prosessed, both by hand and by machine. It can be cut, peeled, turned and sanded without problems. Birch is easy to steam bending, shaping, pasting and laminating.
The wood can be stained, polished, painted and painted with all types of surfactants. By proper selection of stains and polish components can mimic the appearance to other species or emphasize the wood structure better.



Coverings, furniture, paneling, flooring, furniture, boat, pier and construction wood

The oaks' good strength properties and beautiful drawings enables it to be used for all internal support structures such as posts and beams, especially if you want wood that is both strong and decorative.

The good durability makes oak materials suitable for flooring, parquet and stairs, exterior doors, door jambs and window frames. The oak wood is also suitable for furniture, paneling, kitchen fittings, veneer and moldings
Oaks' heartwood, -the dark wood, is in its natural state the Norwegian timber longest durability in contact with soil. It is therefore ideal for cladding, terraces, jetties, garden furniture and playground equipment for children.



Structures, flooring, paneling and tool

Ash is the Norwegian deciduous tree species as combined have the best technical characteristics. It is also decorative with beautiful drawings. Therefore ash wood is very useful as materials in floors, stairs, door jambs and all types of internal supporting structures. Specifically Ash is applicable as exposed beams and posts, in whole wood or laminated wood. Ash is also suitable for kitchen units, panels, furniture, shafts and moldings. Traditionally seemed used for veneer. Ash Wood was earlier used for sports articles such as skis, sleds and gymnastics apparatus, construction of boats, ships and vessels.

Heat treated Ash provides a deep braun color. It looks similar to teak and other hot wood from tropical forests. This therefore provides highly decorative features, and are getting more and more popular in furnitures.



Panel, decoration and furniture

Alder is suitable for furniture, paneling, kitchen and other fixtures, including pantries as wood does not affect the taste.
Furthermore, alder is used for musical instruments, toys, artistic purposes, clogs and pencil production. Wood alder can be used ideal for smoking foods. The wood is suitable for the production of charcoal, especially for barbecue. Alder materials has also been used for underwater structures like water plumbing