Similar to the Light Curly Oak, the piece of wood used to create these unique bow ties come from a board salvaged from the hay loft of a barn located near Port Huron, Michigan. The barn was built in 1912 and most of the wood ended up in the burn pile. This piece was too unusual, with its swirling grain, not to be repurposed into something beautiful. This wood achieved its dark tones from being exposed to the elements for several decades.
The white oak tree (Quercus alba) is a long-lived tree used for shade in landscapes and it is one of the most important timber species in the United States. The “National Audubon Society Field Guide to Trees” reports that the white oak has the nickname stave oak, since its wood is integral in making barrels. Shipbuilders in colonial times valued the wood as well. Today, white oak goes into products such as flooring, furniture and beams. The white oak’s range includes most of the eastern United States.