With us, the depth is in the surface. Its own natural characteristics, our craftsmanship, form the basis for your well-being.

We begin together.

Every time is a new and exciting challenge for us, to find the right material, put it together and work it in such a way that it meets the requirements of our customer. And each time we ask ourselves: what characteristics has the tree given to this timber? How can we gently refine them and allow the tree to live on in another form? Can we unite this with the ideas of our customer?

Raw materials in our veneer store
Wood is a living thing – something that we honour
We pay attention to details and bring out the beauty.

Wood is a living thing –
something that we honour

No machine can achieve the perfection of our work. Our many processes combine traditional techniques and the latest technology. Each piece is manually worked, planed, brushed, smoked, coloured and then assessed using the highest quality measure there is – the human eye. All the materials used to finish and care for the material are developed, produced and tested by us.

“Each individual Schotten & Hansen wood surface is specifically finished to customer requirements. We refine the materials that nature makes available to us and transform them into products that appeal to all of our senses, creating a mindful space.”

Heike Weinthäter, Interior Designer and Project Manager

Species of wood

We primarily use European varieties of oak from sustainably managed forests. Its hardness makes oak very robust, relatively hard wearing and almost entirely stable. Its composition means that it permits us an almost endless variety of natural colours.

Are you still looking for a floor in a softwood such as larch or Douglas fir? We can do that for you, too. Or would you prefer exotic woods? We will launch a search for you across sustainable plantations.

The tree: the origin of our creations
The place where the tree grew defines the character of the wood.

The tree:
the origin of our creations

The growth conditions of a tree have an impact on the later appearance of the wood when it is laid, as well as the colouration and changes in colour within the space. After all, all of the substances and influences that impact the tree in nature are deeply locked within the wood. Later, too, wood in its finished and fixed state reacts to environmental influences such as heat and cold.

A tree is more  than the sum of its parts
The composition of a trunk is defined by the earth in which it grows.

A tree is more
than the sum of its parts

A tree can roughly be divided into three parts: crown, trunk, roots. Even though we only use the trunk, we must take the whole into account. The genetics of the tree, and the ecosystem immediately surrounding it, have an influence on the shape and colour of our initial material. Plus, trees from contiguous growing areas have similar characteristics. An essential requirement for an even appearance in architecture.

the story of the tree’s life

The species of tree is fundamentally what defines the specific appearance of the wood. A wood surface is also defined by subtle characteristics that depend on the growth and structure of the particular species. Growth markings provide a characterful surface. They emphasise the living character of the wood. So medullary rays, colour variations, branching growth, resin inclusions are not faults. They are typical of wood. The environmental influences that have affected the tree over the course of its life influence the unique grain of the veneer. How these features are revealed on the surface depends primarily on how the trunk is cut at the sawmill.

“For us, the forest is a tutor and teacher because wood is far more to us than just wood. Only a person who understands the forest as a whole will understand how to handle the individual qualities of its trees.”

Torben Hansen, Company Founder and Managing Director
The tree shows us how its parts are to be graded

The tree shows us how its parts are to be graded

We use the whole trunk and not just the choice parts. This is why the widths of the veneers are defined primarily by the characteristics of the tree. Knotty growth and cracks are more strongly marked in the interior than on the outside. We therefore differentiate between three categories:

  1. Fine character selection: minimal knots and cracks.
  2. Medium character selection: more marked knots and cracks.
  3. Coarse character selection: striking knots and cracks.

Selection & Treatment (oak)

Fine Brushed
Fine Hand-Planed
Fine Shrunk

Even grain with small knots and fine cracks, finished by hand. Accentuation of the wood’s signature grain by brushing out the earlywood.

Even grain with small knots and fine cracks, finished by hand. Uniquely undulating structure showing the subtle ridges and hollows created by hand planing.

Even grain with small knots and fine cracks, finished by hand. Our proprietary shrinking process makes tangible the intricate structure of naturally aged wood.

Medium Hand-Planed
Medium Shrunk

Distinct grain with knots, shrinkage and hairline cracks, finished by hand. With even more ridges and hollows to play off, hand planing emphasises the natural landscape of the structure.

Distinct grain with knots, shrinkage and hairline cracks, finished by hand. Our proprietary shrinking process softens and accentuates the many rivulets formed by the naturally aged grain.

Coarse Shrunk

Marked grain with selected knots, striking shrinkage and hairline cracks, finished by hand. Our proprietary shrinking process intensifies the depth and drama of an already characterful structure.

Our surface finishing penetrates
deep into the wood

Hard-wearing and robust

Hard-wearing and robust

Using the drying process specially developed by us, we reduce the moisture content of the wood to increase its natural resilience. This minimises swelling and shrinkage in later use, so that no cracks develop later and the product retains its original dimensions. In addition, drying brings out the grain of the wood which can then be clearly felt.

Colour stable and protected

Colour stable and protected

We wash our wood deep into the pores using our proprietary technology. This reduces significant substances within the timber that known to make wood sensitive to staining and yellowing, and can negatively influence its appearance over time. The colour remains demonstrably more stable. Plus, the pores become more receptive to our nourishing essences, which are able to penetrate permanently deep into the wood, creating lasting protection. Because colouring involves activating the wood’s own component substances and working the finest pigments, sourced from earth and stone, into the wood itself.

Robustness from resins, waxes, oils

Robustness from resins,
waxes, oils

The essences used for our surface finishes are a precious mixture of natural resins, waxes and oils. Ingredients such as walnut oil, beeswax and shellac do not seal the wood as synthetic lacquers do, but let it breathe, making it completely resilient. For supremely healthy living spaces.

Made for generations

Made for generations

Our products age with beauty and dignity. Each of our unique, custom-made pieces matures with its owner, takes on a richness that comes from the traces of its daily use. Giving it its very own character which will be felt by generations to come. Careful cleaning and care regenerates the wood surface. It must never be sanded back and will retain its beauty for ever.

“The forest is a valuable ecosystem and a space worth protecting. So we always we approach with respect, the highest level of expertise and a fine feel for the job.”

Bernhard Heinloth, Managing Director