Massif de la Chartreuse, Wikimedia Commons

The first wood to obtain protected designation of origin status, Chartreuse Wood is a sign of quality and authenticity. Renowned for its resistance and solidness for several centuries, this construction wood, produced from pine and spruce trees, is also part of an initiative of preserving the territory and environment through a well thought-out forest management policy.

First used by the monks of the Carthusian Order (in French, Chartreux), Chartreuse Wood was chosen in the 17th century by the French Royal Navy for the masts of their ships. Starting in the time of Louis XIV, strong trade relations developed with the sale of round logs and lumber between the Chartreuse mountain range in southeastern France, the Alps, and the south of France.


Situated in the heart of the Chartreuse mountain range, the production area of Chartreuse Wood includes 134 towns and villages in the départements of Isère and Savoie. Chartreuse Wood is harvested from the heart of the mountain range or in the surrounding valleys, and 19 lumber mills produce this special wood.

Because it grows slowly, at high altitude and with particular conditions for humidity, Chartreuse Wood is characterized by a strong resistance to breaking, which makes it an exceptionally good wood to use in building very solid structures.

The professionals involved in producing Chartreuse Wood (producers, forest owners, timber harvesters and loggers) have built a savoir-faire adapted to preserving the territory: protecting water and biodiversity, sustainable forest management, and quality lumber. Chartreuse Wood is a high quality and robust wood, perfect for construction and now protected by protected designation of origin status.