All our oak is air dried or otherwise known as seasoned.
Air Dried simply means that during the drying out process a large percentage of the movement of the timber has taken place so there is less splitting and movement than with green timber especially with oak. Oak will always have some movement its a natural wonder.
We are frequently asked about splits, shakes and cracks in hardwoods and why does it happen? And will it damage the structure? The simple answer is they are totally natural and nothing to worry about. Oak wants to be the same as its environment both in moisture content and temperature. But dont worry if you really do not like the natural shakes I can fill the void with different designs and colour (see photo below) using a non toxic epoxy, when cured this is harder than concrete and shines like glass.
During summer months and soaring temperatures timber starts to exhibit cracks and splits where it further dries out from its original point of FSP (Fibre saturation point). Cracks, shakes and splits are all part of the ageing process you will have probably seen this in old listed buildings (see photo below).
Enjoy it and embrace it as it is part of its charm and warmth, watch it and marvel at it’s behaviour, cracks, shakes and splits will disappear, open up, wander and move.
All Sophisticated Scratch trees are complete natural pieces of timber we do not bolt limbs on or together, every tree is exactly how nature intended it to be.
Your cat will love the feel of our trees and will naturally be drawn to the mexican sisal and the feel of it on their claws so you dont have to worry about them clawing at the actual tree it will also help to deter them from scratching your soft furnishings.
Sophisticated Scratch products are built to last for years and with the right care a lifetime.