Consider choosing a accent naturally colored wood as
an alternative to stain. This will be your best value while being able
to visually admire the variations in wood grain. Many of the specie
shown here are only available as veneers.
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mismanagement in order to conserve them for the future. By auditing
each step in the process, chain-of-custody certification assures
consumers that the certified products they buy were indeed produced
from a certified forest.
light to medium golden. Cut in both flat sliced and quartered. Highly
figured quarters are very popular in veneer. This wood is quite poplar and
I have used the veneers on quite a few projects
Olive Ash Burl
an incredible amount of intricacy and detail, Olive Ash Burl is one of the
most pronounced woods available. Its beauty is awe inspiring. It accepts
staining and finishes well. Beautiful for table tops in starburst
These colorful woods make dramatic accents, edgings and
inlays. The beautiful red
color does not degrade over time. All wood is kiln dried and shelf aged to
excellent working quality.
Carpathian elm Burl
Carpathian Elm Burl is a very rich looking wood varying
in color from pale
pink to white with brown and sometimes black burl marks. A burl is
originated from a growth and sometimes disease (Dutch Elm Disease) which
causes clusters or dormant buds, rings,
or eyes with a swirly grain encompassing the burl. Burls are
highly prized veneer with a price tag to match. A decorative veneer
used in high quality architectural wood working, high class furniture
making, automobile dashboards, limousine interiors and as accents or
wood offers a fine grain and smooth texture. There are a number of
interesting grain variations and colors. It is not uncommon to have some
minor gum deposits throughout. Cherry wood will have many color variations
ranging from red to yellow and green all on the same piece. This color
discrepancy offers the challenge in natural and light staining because it
can be pronounced. It accepts stain and finish well.
My curly Cherry lumber is hand selected for color,
grain structure and maximum figure from the finest Northern stock. Curly
Cherry will be the base for heirloom quality furniture and projects that
will be highly prized for years to come! Cherry will age to a beautifully
rich patina that has made it the choice for fine furniture since the
beginning of our great country.
Macassar ebony is a true ebony as
witnessed by its copious black striping. It is very hard and heavy and is
one of the most expensive exotic woods in the market.
Found in Central and South
America, this specie is very hard and strong. Over 125% harder that red
oak, Jatoba has shock resistant qualities similar to ash and hickory.
After you finish it, stand back and look at the fine grain that appears.
Because of its hardness, Jatoba can be used for many things besides custom
furniture including , tool handles and flooring.
very dense, tight fine grain, very deep red color.
retains its colors well, so great on intarsia projects, comes to a
beautiful sheen, but because of its hardness, must work down the paper
grit sizes to sand to perfection.... well worth the work..
This wood is fairly light in color with a pinkish tint.
Madrone burl is not the most spectacular looking wood, but can make a nice
bolster to complement cherry.
Mahogany is often considered by cabinetmakers to be one of the finest
woods in which to create fine furniture. It offers a straight to
interlocked grain with a medium coarse texture. Its consistent grain
throughout offers an elegance, which really shows through. It accepts
stains and finishing well.
One of the true mahoganies and
for use in fine furniture. Darker and somewhat coarser than Honduras
Mahogany. Works and finishes well.
African Mahogany ribbon stripe
Comes from where a large limb separates from the main
trunk of a tree. Has a feather like appearance and is in great demand.
This wood comes redder
than mahogany and is much less
prone to turn dark. Makore is readily available in veneer and
in somewhat lesser quantities in
lumber. This is a very versatile species coming from the west coast of
is a dense wood, which holds up well to wear and abrasion. It offers a straight grain,
occasionally curly with a fine texture. Maple shows a simple yet admirable
beauty. It is often done in a clear finish to enhance its natural beauty.
Accepts stain and finish well.
Birds Eye Maple
unique beauty of Birds Eye Maple is remarkable. It offers the same
durability as traditional maple but with a few additional features. The
wood often shows a rainbow luster, which reflects elegance. It has tiny
circles throughout offering a unique and attractive pattern to the wood.
Figured maple comes in a variety of descriptive terms:
curly, tiger, fiddle back, quilted, Birdseye, and some I've probably
forgotten or never heard about. I like to stain this wood a light maple
stain and then finish with tung oil to get the rays to "pop" and then top
coat with lacquer for durability.
Yet another figured maple.
Red gum and sap gum are popular choices for a variety of uses
such as wall paneling, cabinetry and furniture, fruit boxes, doors,
millwork, strips and moldings, turnings, flooring, crafting material,
barrels and rail ties. It is used in solid lumber as well as veneer form,
and sweet gum is a favorite of marquetry artists.
use Northern/Appalachian or Upland red oaks, which tend to grow more
slowly, generally have a more uniform grain pattern than lowland or
southern red oaks. Southern oak is easier to mill, due to its softer
texture, but does have more tendency to splinter and tear out. Red Oak
finishes and stains easily. It has none of the blotching problems that are
associated with birch or maple. The open pores absorb more stain, so the
grain pattern becomes quite evident when a dark
stain is applied to red oak. If you hope to achieve a near glass like
with the top coat, it is almost always necessary to use a pore filler. For
will top coat a couple of times and then tint the pore filler a
fill the pores, sand and then top coat again. The effect is quite
White Oak quarter sawn
Most mission purists are looking for the classic "ribbon
and ray" flake pattern that is produced when red or white oak is "quarter
sawn". Many people however do not know the difference between and Quarter
Sawn, and Plain Sawn and Rift Sawn. The annual growth rings in the tree
from which boards are cut produce the most prominent part of the grain
pattern. Plain sawn lumber has growth
rings that are less than 30° orientation to the surface of the board. This
produces the indistinct oak grain pattern that you typically see in
less expensive furniture and flooring.
medium density, coarse grain, very orange wood when freshly
cut. mellows to a more burnt orange with exposure to sun. Beautiful red
color I use this for accent.
Beautiful deep purple wood that I have used for a
number of projects in accents and complete pieces. I use a coat of
Armorall under my lacquer and this has been found to help in
retaining its beautiful purple color. It also waxes to a wonderful
The color of teak lends itself to the manufacture of
rustic furniture, which
might mean the wood is left
with a coarse grain. On the other hand, the I like to create a rustic
design through the use of sunken and beveled joints. Teak is a
great exterior wood that will age beautifully to a
silvery grey finish if left unattended. Frequent oiling with Teak oil or
Linseed oil will maintain its fresh color. Teak was always used in boats
and ships due to its ability to withstand the elements, and not splinter..
to its great beauty and good working characteristics, Black Walnut is one
of the most valued woods in North America. Since colonial times, its wide
range of figures has graced the finest American cabinetwork. It offers a
generally straight grain with a medium coarse texture. Its color variation
includes browns, grays and purples. Veneers show a brilliance of figures,
mesmerizing. Accepts stains and finish exceptionally well.
Black Walnut Burl
Walnut sapwood is very creamy white in
color, while the heartwood, which ranges in color from light to a rich,
dark brown, and matures to an almost purplish-black hue. Walnut often
carries characteristically dark brown or purplish streaks. Walnut has a
coarse, yet uniform texture, and while usually straight-grained, it is
sometimes wavy or curly. This species produces a large variety of figure
Well known in Africa as a carving wood, and long prized
continent as a cabinet wood, Wenge is used for fine furniture, interior and exterior
joinery, paneling and turning. Regarded as a premier flooring wood as
well. Alternative to Ebony as a nearly black accent wood
Color and Stain
All stains and colors are
custom mixed and samples made for approval. Colors and stains can vary
from panel to panel, due to the infinite variety of naturally occurring
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