Durable wood that has been highly valued since the Jomon Period (from about 12,000 BC to about 300 BC).

A deciduous broadleaf tree in the genus Castanea of the family Fagaceae with ring‐porous wood.
The wood is hard, viscoelastic, water resistant and durable, as well as being less likely to deform and crack. Taking advantage of these characteristics, chestnut wood has been used for various products since the Jomon Period, including building foundations and crossties. In addition to usages as durable building materials, it is a popular material for furniture, due to the beautiful unique wood grain.

Features

  • Water resistance and durability

    The wood is durable, and highly resistant to water, insect damage and decay. Therefore, it was highly regarded as a foundation material for buildings in times before preservative and insect-proof treatments were developed.

    Usages
    • Foundations of buildings
    • Crossties
    • Stakes
  • Hardness and viscoelasticity

    The wood is heavy and hard with relatively high strength especially in viscoelasticity. Due to the advantages of the wood, it has been widely used for buildings, ships, cars, various equipment, furniture, woodworking, carving, etc.

    Usages
    • Furniture
    • Fixtures
  • Unique wood grain

    The wood is used for table tops and counters by utilizing the clear and thick wood grain, unique to chestnut. It becomes a calm color over time due to tannin in the wood.

    Usages
    • Tables
    • Counter tops
    • Flooring materials