wood sample page

I offer a unlimited variety of wood options to meet your custom furniture needs. Remember this is custom made furniture and you don't have to limit yourself to woods such as cherry, maple, mahogany and walnut others are available and quoted based on furniture item. A small percentage of the cost in custom furniture is the actual materials.

Wood Samples

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.
There is a pressing need to protect forests from over-cutting and 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.

Anigre figureredVery 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

Olive Ash BurlOffering 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 patterns.


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
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 inlays.


Cherry 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.

Curly Cherry
Currly Cherry
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.

Striped EbonyStriped Ebony

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..

Madrone Burl
Madrone Burl
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.

Honduran Mahogany
Honduran Mahogany
Honduran 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.


African Mahogany ribbon stripe
African Mahogany ribbon stripe
One of the true mahoganies and renowned for use in fine furniture. Darker and somewhat coarser than Honduras Mahogany. Works and finishes well.



Crotch MahoganyCrotch Mahogany
Comes from where a large limb separates from the main trunk of a tree. Has a feather like appearance and is in great demand.


MottleMakore Makore
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 Africa.


Maple 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

Birdseye Maple
The 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.

Tiger MapleTiger Maple

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.

Quilted Maple
Quilted Maple
Yet another figured maple.


Red Gum
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.

Red Oak
Red OakI 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 appearance
with the top coat, it is almost always necessary to use a pore filler. For effect I
will top coat a couple of times and then tint the pore filler a contrasting color
 fill the pores, sand and then top coat again. The effect is quite fascinating.

White Oak quarter sawnQuarter sawn white oak
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 cabinets and
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.


Purple HeartPurpleheart

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 sheen.


The color of teak lends itself to the manufacture of rustic furniture, which Teak
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..

Black Walnut

Black Walnut
Owing 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, which are
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 types.

Well known in Africa as a carving wood, and long prized on the
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 Options
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 wood-grain patterns.


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