While douglas fir receives most of its attention only around Christmas, it is part of our daily lives here at Brent Comber studio. Douglas fir, part of the hemlock family, is one of the wood species native to the western parts of North America, ranking as one of the tallest wood species in the world.
In woodworking, douglas fir is a safe choice as it is extremely stable lumber that resists checking or twisting, if properly dried. Unlike other wood species, douglas fir is known for its uniformity in appearance, usually a light brown color with a hint of red and/or yellow, with darker growth rings, therefore a safe choice to predict grain patterns and color, suitable for variety of wooden products. Its heartwood is rated to be moderately durable in regard to decay, however this can be improved with appropriate wood finishes.
While douglas fir trees average in about 330–395 ft (100–120 m) in height, research shows that in perfect conditions they can reach up to 476 feet (145 meters) in height, at which point water supply would fail to deliver enough water for the upper branches. Due to the unusually tall heights of the trees, douglas fir timbers are popular choice for large sized lumber or, in our case, solid furniture pieces. Additionally, this wood species is not listed in the endangered species list on CITES Appendices, and is reported by the IUCN as being a species of least concern, thus making it a safe choice for construction and woodworking communities.
In line with our long-standing principles, we choose to let trees grow and in our studio we only use material that has been salvaged or deemed unmarketable by the industry. As part of our product range we offer multiple pieces in douglas fir, including Bud, Clove, Saddle Bench, Shattered Collection, Tafoni and Ikebana collection.