Baltic Birch comes from Russia and the Baltic States. Trees from this area have a brighter colour than trees of this species from other areas. It makes an excellent plywood and is often preferred for building cabinets and drawers.
Bloodwood comes from tropical South America. It has a dense fine texture that takes a high finish very well. Due to its’ hardness it has a pronounced blunting effect on tools which should be kept as sharp as possible for best results. Its’ vivid red colour makes it an excellent choice for specialty boxes such as Humidors, as well as in furniture.
Bubinga or African Rosewood, is from the equatorial region of Africa. It has a pinkish red to darker reddish brown tones. It has a straight and at times interlocking grain pattern. Generally easy to work with and turns and finishes well although it can sometimes be hard to glue and bend. Some of its’ uses are in furniture or bar tops, boxes and cabinets.
Cedar - Spanish
Spanish Cedar comes primarily from Central and South America. With a light pinkish to rose-brown colouring that will darken with age. It is excellent in weathering resistance and is easy to work. Some of its’ uses are in cabinets, veneers, instruments, Humidors, outside furniture and boatbuilding
Goncalo Alves, also known as Tigerwood, is typically found from Mexico south into Brazil. Its’ medium reddish brown colour, often with dark streaks and colouring similar to Rosewood, usually darkens with age. The grain is usually wavy or interlocking with a good natural luster. It is generally easy to work with and sharp tooling is recommended. Some of its’ uses include furniture, turnings, cabinetry and specialty objects.
Ipe or Brazilian Walnut, is generally found in Central and South America. With a reddish to dark brown colour it is very durable and rot resistant. Being very heavy, hard and dense it can be difficult to work with. In our area it has been used as decking and lasts much longer and wears well in comparison to common pressure treated lumber. A deck made of Ipe will likely be the last you will need.
Jatoba is also known as Brazilian Cherry. It is typically found from southern Mexico up into the southern United States. It can be found in a light orange brown colour to a darker reddish brown colour. This species is very durable and rot resistant. While it glues, finishes and bends well, as it is dense and hard it can be difficult to work with. Some of its’ uses include flooring, furniture, cabinets, handles and in turnings.
Lacewood is a light weight exotic hardwood which comes from the Caribbean. It works the best with very sharp tooling and features a straight fine grain pattern. The grain has a flecking nature to it giving it the distinctive patterns best found in quarter sawn logs. With a straight and fine grain Lacewood adds a great accent to any project. It is fairly easy to work with taking gluing, staining and finishing well. It also turns easily. Some of its’ uses include furniture, fine furniture and turned objects such as bowls.
African Mahogany comes from the western tropical areas of Africa with a colouring from pinkish to darker reddish brown. With a medium to coarse texture, this species has good natural luster. It is easy to work, glue, and finish. Some of its’ uses are in furniture, plywood, turning, veneer, boatbuilding, interior trims and in instruments such as guitar bodies.
Genuine Mahogany, also known as Honduran Mahogany, is typically found from southern Mexico to central South America and is being grown extensively on plantations. Its’ colour can vary from a pale pinkish brown to a darker reddish brown and can darken with age. It is typically easy to work with, sands easily and glues, stains and finishes well. Some of its’ uses include furniture, turning, veneers, boatbuilding, instruments and carving.
Makore is typically found in western and middle Africa. With a rich pink to reddish brown colour it has a fine grain, even texture and natural luster. Makore has a high silica content which causes blunting of tooling. It is generally easy to work with and is easy to glue and finish. Some of its’ uses include furniture,boatbuilding, instruments, cabinetry and turning.
African Padauk is typically found in central and tropical Africa. With colours ranging from pale pinkish orange to deep reddish brown which typically darken with age, Padauk has a coarse grain and good natural luster. Padauk works, turns, glues and finishes well. With excellent rot some of its’ uses include furniture, flooring, instruments, turned objects and specialty items.
Purpleheart is typically found in Central and South America. Popular for its’ deep colour this is a dense and durable species with a medium texture and good natural luster. Strong and durable, Purpleheart is a popular choice when colour or accents are desired in a piece. Some of its’ uses include furniture, boatbuilding, flooring and inlay applications.
Sapele is typically found in tropical Africa. With even tones and good natural luster, the colour is generally reddish brown which darkens with age and has a “cedar” like smell when being worked. Sapele has a slight blunting effect on cutters but glues, turns and finishes well. Some of its’ uses are furniture, turned objects, boatbuilding, instruments and small specialty items..
Varieties of Teak are grown in tropical areas in southeast Asia, Africa and Southern America. Tremendously water resistant, has golden to brown tone which typically darken with age. Generally easy to work, Teak has a high Silica content which has a dulling effect on tools and cutters. Teak usually finishes well but due to the natural oil content it may be necessary to wipe with a solvent prior to gluing and finishing. Some of its’ uses include boatbuilding, furniture, carving and turnings.
Wenge is native to central Africa. With medium brown to colour it has a straight grain and coarse texture it has low natural luster. This species is very durable and rot and insect repellent. Being somewhat difficult to work with a splintery nature. Some of its’ uses include furniture, turned objects and instruments.