Quarter-sawn white oak lumber was the wood of choice for building many of the barns, homes and buildings of our early American history; it is one of the hallmarks of the Arts & Crafts furniture style. At the mill, the log is first split into four quarters (hence the name “quarter-sawn”), then cut on the diagonal from the center of the tree out toward the edges. Quarter-sawn white oak is a very strong stable wood that resists rot and wear. White oak is beige to creamy tan colored and has a finer texture than red oak. It also has a more pronounced grain than red oak, and is highly recognizable for its swirls and burls called medullary rays.