Content - Distinctive features

Distinctive features. Girsberger's solid wood specialists travel throughout Europe, often visiting wood cutting sites in the forest in order to track down the most beautiful trunks. Back at the sawmill, they then determine the direction of the cut for each trunk, so that these display the ring growth pattern and knotting to their best possible effect. The handpicked and sawn timber is then transferred to our timber depot in Koblenz, where it is carefully air-dried for a number of years.

Round wood selection. Trees from Switzerland and all over Europe.

Round wood selection. Trees from Switzerland and all over Europe.

Girsberger visits sawmills throughout Europe in order to seek out the very best tree trunks. In winter we travel through Hungary, Austria, Slovenia and East Croatia every month. We also go to Poland, Ukraine, Rumania, Serbia and Kosovo. The forests of Switzerland, Germany and France provide us with oak, elm and beech. We obtain rarities such as broad and long pear and apple trees thanks to personal relationships in Austria and Germany. Sometimes we visit the forests directly in order to be able to correctly assess the tree trunks based not only on their external appearance, but also on their location: Depending on its origin, the wood will have a different colour and growth ring structure. For example, in areas that drain to the north we encounter light oak trees with uniform growth. Things are very different in the Jura: Here the dark winter ring patterns give the wood a rustic appearance. The art of round wood purchasing requires a profound understanding of the interplay between wood type, climate, and soil properties. 

Cutting. Being able to read the trunk correctly.

Cutting. Being able to read the trunk correctly.

The sawyer usually aims to achieve maximum yield when deciding in which direction to cut round wood. We believe the quality of the boards is just as important, however, which is why we usually oversee the sawing of round timber. You have to be able to read the tree trunk in order to visualize how the cut wood will look. Just by changing the direction the wood is cut, the quality can often be taken to a whole new level. Our aim is for the life of the tree to be reflected in the most attractive way possible in each sawn board. Every trunk should be able to tell its own story in the most authentic way possible.

Coding. Our own quality benchmark.

Coding. Our own quality benchmark.

Download: quality code (PDF)

Girsberger classifies its timber using its own quality benchmark. Each individual trunk is evaluated and coded with respect to form, structure, and colour. The specific three-digit code assigned to each trunk captures a wide range of its quality features, which are determined by its origin. Here a scale of one to six is applied. The trunk form describes the size, curvature, and grain of the trunk. Knot characteristics and annual ring growth are encrypted in the wood structure. Finally, the wood colour describes both the natural hue and the colour play of the wood.



Drying. Careful air drying. 

Drying. Careful air drying. 

The handpicked and sawn timber is transferred to our timber depot in Koblenz, where it is carefully dried for between one and three years. Optimum protection from the elements with sufficient excess overhang and good ventilation are key in this respect. Not all woods have the same requirements: while light woods are usually stored exposed, at right angles to the direction the wind blows, oak, which is susceptible to cracking, usually requires a place that is sheltered from the wind. In addition, several air flow chambers and vacuum chambers are used to dry the wood so the air-dried wood complies with the customary moisture levels in the industry. An inventory level of 3,500 cubic metres of air-dried and kiln-dried wood provides joiners and carpenters with a multifaceted selection of trunks that are ready for processing.