Modern Artisan

The Mesopotamians were the first to wine in wood containers but it was the Romans who first used white oak. It was the Roman's who noticed the unusual color of oak barrel staves stored in animal barns. The wood had darkened and ranged in color from honey to hazelnut to olive to black. The ammonia fumes, created from a mix of urine & hay, were interacting with the tannins found in white oak. What had been discovered was the very first fumed oak.

fumed oak Modern Artisan Dining table



White oak is prized for wine barrels because the tannins in the wood can change the flavor of wine. Those same tannins  react to concentrated ammonia fumes to alter the color of the wood.

Fumed oak allows the depth of the wood grain to show through. That look can't be duplicated by staining wood.

Ammonia fumed cluster white oak is used to create this beautiful wood veneer.


Modern Artisan fumed oak

Stain finishes conceal the grain and character of the wood. Since this wood isn't stained it is much more resistant to fading too.

Extra thick bubble glass accents many of the pieces. Some have hidden LED lighting to show off this beautiful glass

fumed oak end table


We Loved The Look Immediately

fumed oak

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