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OAK, BLACK

Quercus spp.

Quercus spp of the family Fagaceae

There are numerous oaks that have "black" or "blackjack" or "jack" as all or part of one or more of their common names, but many of those oaks are more commonly called by other names. It is my intent that this page include only those that are very commonly or fairly commonly called black oak or blackjack oak or Jack oak. These are all in the red oak group and they include at least the following:

A NOTE ABOUT OAKS IN THE USA AND EUROPE



my samples:
NOTE: these pics were all taken in very bright incandescent lighting ("soft white" at 2700K)
colors will vary under other lighting conditions


both sides of a sample plank of water oak / Quercus nigra --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of water oak / Quercus nigra --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of water oak / Quercus nigra --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of water oak / Quercus nigra --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of water oak / Quercus nigra --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a rift cut sample plank of black oak / Quercus velutina


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above; the pores seem somewhat less clear because of the fine dust in them from the sanding but the fine grain details are much more clear.


both sides of a rift cut sample plank listed as black oak / Quercus velutina --- huge enlargements are present


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above --- the pores have gotten a bit clogged up but the fine details are much more clear


both sides of a sample plank of flat cut black oak / Quercus velutina --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


both sides of a sample plank of flat cut black oak / Quercus velutina --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


both sides of a sample plank of flat cut black oak / Quercus velutina --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a quartersawn sample plank of black oak / Quercus velutina


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of quartersawn black oak / Quercus velutina --- HUGE enlargements are present


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above; the pores seem somewhat less clear because of the fine dust in them from the sanding but the fine grain details are much more clear.


both sides of a sample plank of quartersawn black oak / Quercus velutina --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


both sides of a sample plank of quartersawn black oak / Quercus velutina --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


both sides of a sample plank of water oak (aka black oak) / Quercus nigra


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of blackjack oak / Quercus marilandica --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of blackjack oak / Quercus marilandica --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of blackjack oak / Quercus marilandica --- HUGE enlargements are present.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of blackjack oak / Quercus marilandica --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of blackjack oak / Quercus marilandica --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of blackjack oak / Quercus marilandica --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


blackjack oak / Quercus marilandica sample plank and end grain --- the end grain shot is too dark --- the shoddy quality of this wood sample was not unusual in the samples that I got from the IWCS


end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of black oak burl / Quercus velutina --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of black oak burl / Quercus velutina --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of black oak burl / Quercus velutina --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by Mark Peet whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of black oak burl / Quercus velutina --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. Although this sample vendor is generally reliable, this doesn't look like a burl to me, just some kind of crotch area.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of California black oak / Quercus kelloggii --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


first face and the end grain of a sample of black oak. This part of a collection which is discussed here: COLLECTION B


the second face, before and after slicing off 1/8" showing how the patina from aging is only surface deep.


end grain closeup and END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above.



The Wood Book pics


flat cut, quartersawn, end grain
California black oak (Quercus californica, which is just a syn. for Quercus kelloggii, also listed as mountain black oak and Kellogg's oak) from The Wood Book --- both levels of enlargement are available for each of the 3 views. This species is in the red oak group.

web pics:


black oak end grain


plank listed as black oak / Quercus velutina


plank listed as black oak / Quercus kelloggii


plank listed as blackjack oak / Quercus marilandica


planks listed as California black oak


planks listed as black oak ... on the left is dry s been moistened for the pics


plank


quartersawn black oak plank


figured planks of Dyer oak


both sides of a figured plank of Dyer oak


figured planks of Dyer oak --- both sides and a closeup


figured planks of Dyer oak --- both sides and a closeup


Dyer oak turning stock


Dyer oak burl


front and back of a pair of blackjack oak turning sticks --- these were not listed as curly but clearly they are


front and back of a pair of blackjack oak turning sticks --- these were not listed as curly but clearly they are


curly blackjack oak


both sides of a black oak burl slab


black oak burl slab showing both sides, both ends, and one edge


black oak burl cut into bookmatched planks


these were listed as black oak burls, but I think they may just be crotch areas


black oak vases


two views of a spalted black oak burl vase


platter and closeup


blackjack oak bowl


bowl listed as black oak / Quercus kelloggii


black oak burl bowls


rough turned black oak bowl


black oak bowls


black oak bowls turned and photographed by Tom Pleatman, whom I thank for these pics and other contributions to the site. Big enlargements are present.


very nicely done "winged" bowls