Wood is a product of nature and as such no two pieces are alike. The same wood growing in different locals can vary greatly even though it's the same species.
African Olivewood This wood is often pale to medium brown or pale yellow with irregular streaks which vary from brown to dark-brown and dark grey and has beautiful interlocked grains. Olivewood is used for sculpture and carving work, decorative turnings, inlay, and high end custom furniture. Located: Africa.
Beli This wood is light brown with alternating darker stripes throughout. The exotic wood is not commonly exported in lumber form, but is typically used for making veneer flooring. Beli is native to Cameroon and Gabon in Africa.
Black Palm from Southeast Asia, has a brown background streaked with elongated dark brown and black vascular bundles. The end grain exhibits an interesting spotted appearance and the elongated bundles terminate in an interesting “eye” that glows when polished, revealing spectacular results. Located: Southeast Asia.
Bloodwood or "cardinal wood" as it is commonly referred to, is a medium to hard wood with red to crimson color and tight, straight, interlocking grain. The bright vivid red color can darken to a dark brownish red over time with exposure to light and air. Keeping the wood out of direct sunlight can help minimize this color shift. Bloodwood has grown popular as an imported wood species and is exceptionally hard, durable, strong, and beautiful. It's used for both trim and accents, as well as larger structural elements in furniture. Located: South America.
Bocote has a yellowish brown body with dramatic dark brown to almost black stripes. Color tends to darken with age. and the grain patterning can be quite striking. Common uses include fine furniture, cabinetry, flooring, veneer, boat-building, musical instruments, gunstocks, turned objects, and other small specialty wood items. Located: Mexico and Central/South America and certain species in Africa.
Brazilian Cherry, also known as Jatoba, can vary in color, from a lighter orange-brown, to a darker reddish brown, which tends to become darker with age. The grain tends to be wavy and interlocked much like mahogany. Brazilian cherry grows in Central America, southern Mexico, northern South America, and the West Indies. It is exceptionally stiff, strong, and hard—among the very toughest of all timbers worldwide. The wood is used extensively in a variety of applications, including flooring, furniture, cabinetry, tool handles, ship building, railroad ties, turned objects, and other small specialty items. Located: Central America, southern Mexico, northern South America and the West Indies.
Bubinga is a beautiful dense hardwood with a rose-colored background and darker purple striping. Due to bubinga's high density and natural oils, it takes a high polish. Common uses for bubinga include veneer, inlays, fine furniture, cabinetry, turnings, tabletops and other specialized projects. Located: African.
Canarywood Found in South America, its color can vary from a pale yellow-orange to a darker reddish brown, usually with darker streaks throughout. Generally it has a yellow base with orange hues and occasional red bands, creating a striking rainbow effect. The color tends to darken with age. A medium texture hardwood, the grain is typically straight, but can be irregular or wild on some pieces. Canarywood is said to have good acoustic properties, and is sometimes used for speaker enclosures and entertainment system cabinets. Some other common uses for Canarywood include: construction lumber, railroad crossties, flooring, veneers, boat-building, furniture. Located: South America.
Cedar is light reddish brown to dark brown in color with grain texture similar to that of mahogany. Strong yet lightweight. Spanish cedar is really known for its very distinctive fragrance, and thus as the wood of choice for lining humidors, cigar boxes and cigar wrappers. Applications for the wood include high-end cabinetry and furniture, clothing chests, boat building, canoe decks and musical instrument parts. Located: Central and South America.
Cherry features reddish brown to deep red colors with brown flecks and will naturally darken with age. Cherry is known as being stable and straight-grained. It is commonly used in furniture construction. Cherry has a decent strength-but it's not as hard as some other denser domestic USA hardwoods. Located: USA
Cocobolo is found in Central America and can be seen in a kaleidoscope of different colors, ranging from yellow, orange, red, and shades of brown with streaks of black or purple. The color turns deep orange red with exposure. It is a hard and heavy wood with irregular grain with a medium fine texture. It has natural oils that give it excellent resistance to decay. Cocobolo is used for fine furniture, musical instruments, turnings, and other small specialty Items. Located: Central America.
Granadillo is an extremely hard, satiny, reddish–brown wood with charming light cream colored highlights and swirling grain. It looks like a cross between Honduras Rosewood and Cocobolo and has been used to make all types of furniture, musical instruments, sporting equipment and even umbrella handles. Located: Southern Mexico and Brazil..
Lignum Vitae is from Argentina and is an unusual looking beautiful wood that is dark greenish brown to almost black. It can be sharply defined by its pale yellow or cream-colors. Texture is very fine; grain is strongly interlocked; a slight scent is evident when warmed or rubbed. Located: Australia.
Mahogany is short grained which grows in a swirling pattern. The shortness of the grain makes it perfect for carving, turning, and other woodworking. It cuts beautifully without chipping, works a lot like Walnut, being approx. the same weight as Walnut, sands well, glues well and finishes to a luxurious red-gold sheen. Located: South American.
Maple This wood is cream-white with a reddish tint with fine brown growth lines and is found predominantly in Canada and USA. It is used for cabinet and furniture making and is a delight to work with because of the result this all natural wood produces. Located: Canada and USA.
Marblewood is orange-yellow in color with black wavy streaking that gives it a marble appearance. The grain is interlocked and coarse textured. It is used for cabinet work, inlay and small decorative items, carving, turnings. Found in South America. Located: South America.
Osage Orange. This Argentinean species tends to keep its deep golden orange color. It is accentuated by bands of darker and lighter grain. The wood is heavy, hard, dense and stable and polishes to a deep luster. Located: Argentina and south central USA.
Purpleheart is found in Central and South America. It is a medium to hard wood with tight, fairly straight grain with moderate to coarse texture. Bright purple when cut, darkens to brownish purple with exposure. Purpleheart is a very strong wood and is used for boat-building, flooring, furniture, heavy construction, and a variety of specialty wood items. Located: Central and South America.
Redheart The bright red background of Redheart is host to a number of very interesting streaks and closed knots with a smooth and tight grain. In many ways it is similar to Bloodwood in character and color. Found mostly in Mexico and Central America. Located: Mexico and Central America.
Rosewood This Bolivian, South America wood is deep, dark, chocolate brown to purple-black in color with occasional strips of even darker grain patterns. This species is hard and heavy with a fine texture in variable tones. Located: South America and India.
Walnut, from Canada and USA, can range from a lighter pale brown to a dark chocolate brown with darker brown streaks. Color can have a grey, purple, or reddish cast or to nearly white. It has a medium texture, the grain is usually straight, but it can be irregular. Black walnut can occasionally be found with figured grain patterns such as: curly, crotch, and burl. Some common uses for black walnut include: furniture, cabinets, gun stocks, interior paneling, veneer, turned items, and other small wooden objects. Located: Canada and USA.
Yellowheart has a fine texture and a naturally high luster. Yellowheart has a consistent yellow color and ranges from pale to golden yellow, darkening slightly with age. Great for adding accents to projects and is an excellent turning stock. Located: Central America. Located: Central America.
Zebrawood, from Africa, is a light golden yellow with streaks of dark brown to black. The stripes can be chaotic and wavy or somewhat uniform. Zebrawood has a medium to course texture with a lustrous surface. It is used in cabinetry, furniture, inlay, paneling, wood sculpture, carving, and for turning specialty items. Located: Africa.