Below are the woods used to date for our projects. If you like something special, let us know . . . we’re always interested in working with new woods.
ASH Fraxinus americana (American ash or White ash) grows in the United States and Canada. The sapwood is nearly white in color while the heartwood can range from pale brown to pale yellow streaked with brown to cream, and is straight grained and coarse-textured.
BEECH Fagus grandifolia (American Beech) grows in the United States and Canada. The sapwood is nearly white in color while the heartwood can range from dark to light reddish brown, and has a straight or sometimes interlocked grain with a fine, even texture.
BLACK WALNUT Juglans nigra (Black Walnut) grows in United States and Canada.. Its color can range from light brown to dark chocolate brown, occasionally with a purplish cast and darker streaks, and is generally straight grained with a moderately uniform coarse texture. The wood develops a rich patina that grows more lustrous with age.
BRAZILIAN CHERRY Hymenaea courbarl (Brazillian cherry) grows in the West Indies and from southern Mexico to the Amazon basin of South America. Its color can range from salmon red to orange-brown color with an interlocking grain. When cut it dries to a russet or reddish brown.
CHERRY Prunus serotina (cherry) grows in the United States and Canada. Its color can range from reddish brown to deep red, with brown flecks, and is generally straight grained with a fairly uniform texture. It will naturally darken with age.
CHESTNUT Castanea dentata (American Chestnut). The heartwood of chestnut is grayish brown or brown, is straight grained with a coarse texture, and darkens with age. Practically all standing chestnut has been killed by blight and the source is now exhausted. Chestnut at present appears most frequently as wormy chestnut, having holes bored throughout the wood from beetle larvae.
CYPRESS Taxodium distichium (Baldcypress or cypress) grows in the eastern half of the United States. Its color is variable with colored heartwood, ranging from yellowish to brown or black, and pale yellowish white sapwood. Cypress is generally straight grained with a coarse texture that is used mainly for outdoor building applications because of its high decay resistance.
FIGURED MAPLE Acer saccharum (maple) grows throughout eastern North America. Its color can range from light cream to darker tones of brown and has a grain pattern that is the result of some abnormal growth due to adverse conditions. Curly maple (also called fiddleback or tiger-stripe) has a ribbon-like figure that creates a 3-dimensional “wave” you can see throughout the wood.
HICKORY Carya ovata (Shagbark Hickory) grows in the United States and Canada. The sapwood is white, tinged with inconspicuous fine brown lines while the heartwood is pale to reddish brown, and is generally straight grained and coarse textured.
LYPTUS A natural hybrid of Eucalyptus grandis and E. urophylla, Lyptus is a “planned growth” wood, cultivated and tree-farmed. Lyptus compares favorably to hardwood maple in terms of density, strength and technical properties, and has an appearance similar to that of cherry and mahogany.
MAHOGANY Swietenia macrophylla (Honduran mahogany) grows in from southern Mexico to Brazil. Its color can range from pale brown to pink to dark reddish brown and is generally straight grained with a fine to coarse uniform texture.
MAPLE Acer saccharum (maple) grows throughout eastern North America. Its color can range from white to light reddish brown and has a straight grain pattern with a fine texture.
OAK Quercus rubra (Red Oak) grows in United States, Canada, and Europe. Its color can range from light cream, pinkish-red to dark tan or golden brown, and is straight grained with a coarse texture and prominent rays.
POPLAR Liriodendron tulipifera (Poplar) grows throughout N. America, Europe, and Asia. Its color can range from creamy white to pale yellowish brown to olive green and is generally straight greained with a fine texture. The green color in the heartwood will tend to darken on exposure to light and turn brown.