The chestnut wood

1. An ecological species

  • Clean ecological material : no need for chemical protection.
  • Locally available, reducing transport pollution.

2. Natural qualities

  • Indoors : honey-coloured, it ages peacefully as furniture, flooring, wall-panelling; adapting to any fashion or style.
  • Outdoors : Its' tannin ensures an exceptional durability.

3. A source of local employment

  • Multiform exploitation of chestnutwood has maintained a local employment capacity in the Perigord-Limousin region and a preservation of traditional savoir-faire.



Chestnutwood is rich in tannin.

Such particularity confers an important resistance to rot and to insect attack.

(The 400 years old carpentry of Cluny Abbey's grain-loft is free from cobwebs reputably owing to the repulsive action of tannin.)

Chestnut outdoors

Naturally resistant to weathering, chestnutwood has been employed outdoors for many ages.
  • Pickets can be round or split. Frequently used for farm fencing. Often present in vineyards split (echalas) or as hoop-wood (feuillard).
  • Tutors represent the same category ;  varying in dimension to meet the requirements of market-gardening, plant nursing, landscaping and forest plantation sapling protection.
  • Feuillards are drawn from straight young regrowth of old stumps, split in two or three and aplaned on one side.  They are then used for hooping casks and barrels.   Before the advent of plastic, le split wood served in the fabrication of cases, baskets and other containers.
  • Hand-split wood is still popular in lattis fence panels although much of to-day's industrialized production is mechanically sawn. These panels are to be found on the coast as sandhill retention, at the mountains retaining snow or on jobsites as public barriers.
  • Three year old stems are used in mountain country to steam-form crooked walking-sticks.*
  • Garden furniture can be of either solid all-weather construction or of lightweight large thin tresses woven into fine-weather outdoor armchairs and other tables ...
  • Terrace flooring either straight off the saw and unpolished or as finely polished regular planks.


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