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Wood Species

Wood Sources:  All of our materials are obtained from reputable lumber suppliers who certify their raw materials are obtained legally and ethically.  We use sustainably harvested wood materials where possible. 
We are excited to offer those earth friendly wood species identified by the Earth Friendly symbol.  Some originate from a managed forestry while others are reclaimed from the rural and urban landscape.

Finish:  We finely sand each piece with great attention to detail.  We then finish each piece with multiple coats of hand-rubbed oil followed by a hand-rubbed polyurethane topcoat.  This finish results in a semi-gloss appearance.  We believe this finish provides beauty, protection, and a surface that invites touch.

ALDER

  • Botanical: Alnus Glutinosa (or Alnus Rubra)
  • Origin: United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Northern Russia, North Asia, North Africa, and Japan
  • Appearance: Light reddish brown with darker lines or streaks formed by broad rays. Straight grained with fine texture.

ANEGRE

  • Botanical: Aningeria spp.
  • Origin: West and East Africa, Tanzania
  • Appearance: Light tan heartwood typically has a straight grain, occasionally with a wavy appearance running through it. Lustrous. Cedar-like scent.

AUSTRALIAN CYPRESS

  • Botanical: Sp. Callitris glauca
  • Origin: Eastern Australia.
  • Appearance: Predominantly golden with variations ranging from cream colored sapwood and yellow-gold to brown heartwood. Closed and tight grain with large and small knots.

Earth Friendly  Earth Friendly:  Australian cypress is logged on a sustainable basis as part of the Australian government’s Australian Farm Forestry Program.

BEECH

  • Botanical: Fagus Sylvatica, (Fagaceae)
  • Origin: Northern and Central Europe
  • Appearance: Primarily reddish-brown with obvious rays and pores. Grain is straight with a fine, even texture.

BIRCH

  • Botanical: Betula Lutea
  • Origin: Europe and Scandinavia
  • Appearance: Light yellow sapwood and reddish brown heartwood. Straight, close grain and a fine, even texture.

BLOODWOOD

  • Botanical: Brosimum Rubescens
  • Origin: Tanzania, Angola, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zaire
  • Appearance: Uniform dark red-orange. Grain is close, and straight to interlocked and varies from medium to coarse in texture.

BOCOTE

  • Botanical: Cordia Alliodora
  • Origin: Mexico and Central America
  • Appearance: Heartwood is dull golden brown in color with variegated irregular markings and an attractive ray flecked figure on quarter sawn surfaces. It is straight grained, with a medium course texture.

BUBINGA

  • Botanical: Guibourtia Demeusei
  • Origin: Gabon, Cameroon, Zaire, Equatorial Guinea, Congo, Liberia and Nigeria
  • Appearance: Medium red-brown, with lighter red to purple veins. The grain is typically straight. Fine pores are diffused throughout the wood, which often contain a reddish gum. Texture is usually medium.

CANARY

  • Botanical: Centrolobium spp
  • Origin: U.S. and Canada
  • Appearance: Pale green to yellow in color, with darker streaks of red, purple, dark green, blue and black. Straight grained with occasional attractive blister figure. Texture is typically fine and even.

CHERRY

  • Botanical: Prunus Serotina
  • Origin: United States
  • Appearance: Sapwood is whitish to reddish brown or creamy pink. Heartwood varies from reddish brown to deep red. Changes to characteristic reddish-brown when exposed to ultraviolet light. The grain and texture are fine and fairly uniform.

COCOBOLO

  • Botanical: Dalbergia Retusa
  • Origin: Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama
  • Appearance: Varies from orange to deep red with irregular patterns of purple or black. Grain is usually straight and fine textured.

GONCALO ALVES

  • Botanical: Astronium Fraxinifolium
  • Origin: Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay, Costa Rica, Guyana and Peru
  • Appearance: Golden-orange to red, usually richly mottled with dark brown streaks & spots with nearly black stripes after prolonged exposure. Grain is irregular, straight to interlocked. Texture is fine to medium.

JARRAH

  • Botanical: Eucalyptus Marginata
  • Origin: West and Southwest Australia
  • Appearance: Heartwood is a rich dark brownish-red, with short, dark brown radial flecks. Gum veins or pockets may also be present. The grain is usually straight but often interlocked or wavy. The texture is even but moderately coarse.

JATOBA

  • Botanical: Fagus Grandifolia
  • Origin: U.S. and Canada
  • Appearance: Primarily reddish-brown in color and slightly coarse with obvious rays and pores. The grain is straight with a fine, even texture.

KAURI

  • Botanical: Agathis australis
  • Origin: New Zealand, Australia, Fijian Islands, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, New Caledonia.
  • Appearance: Rich gold and cognac colors with distinctive grain patterns.  Finishes to a rich, luminous, opalescent finish that shimmers and shifts.

Earth Friendly  Earth Friendly:  "Ancient Kauri", although rare, is logged on a sustainable basis under the oversight of the New Zealand government.

KOA

  • Botanical: Leguminosae
  • Origin: Hawaiian Islands
  • Appearance: Ranges from pale yellow or golden brown to deep chocolate, but usually reddish brown with light and dark bands & attractive patterns, such as fiddleback and rainbow. Grain is wavy and moderately to severely interlocked. Texture is medium coarse.

LACEWOOD

  • Botanical: Cardwellia Sublimis
  • Origin: Australia
  • Appearance: Pink to reddish brown; is highly figured with a distinct small lacelike pattern.

LYPTUS

  • Botanical: A natural hybrid of Eucalyptus grandis and Eucalyptus urophylla
  • Origin: Amazon Basin in Brazil
  • Appearance: Dark red to light pink to salmon.

Earth Friendly  Earth Friendly:  Lyptus is a hybrid material developed as a substitute for declining stocks of old growth forest hardwoods.  Lyptus is grown on plantations in Brazil, and the hardwood products are an excellent option when selecting an exotic species grown to sustainable forest certification standards.

MAHOGANY

  • Botanical: Swietenia Macrophylla
  • Origin: Honduras, Central America, Northern South America
  • Appearance: Light to dark reddish-brown in color. Grain is straight to interlocked. Texture is medium to coarse and uniform.

MAPLE, PLAIN AND FIGURED

  • Botanical: Acer Saccharum
  • Origin: United States and Canada
  • Appearance: Sapwood is white with a reddish tinge. The heartwood color is uniformly light reddish brown. Texture is fine and even and has a curly or wavy grain.

Earth Friendly  Earth Friendly:  Figured maple logs are selectively culled from large sawmill operations in the Pacific Northwest that would otherwise use these trees for ordinary wood products.

MESQUITE

  • Botanical: Prosopis juliflora
  • Origin: Mexico and United States
  • Appearance: Rich dark brown with darker wavy lines. Grain is slightly wavy.

Earth Friendly  Earth Friendly:  Mesquite is logged on a sustainable basis under the oversight of the Mexican government.

MYRTLE

  • Botanical: Umbellularia Californica
  • Origin: Coastal U. S. (Oregon & California)
  • Appearance: Rich golden brown to yellowish-green. Straight grained, but often with irregular or wavy grain which is smooth, close and compact.

LIVE OAK

 

  • Botanical: Quercus agrifolia
  • Origin: Coastal California, Baja Mexico
  • Appearance: Yellowish-brown wood is hard, heavy, tough, strong. Grain can be highly contorted and gnarled.

 Earth Friendly  Earth Friendly:  Live oak is reclaimed from the rural and urban landscape in Southern California.  These logs are the result of wildfires and/or highway development projects and were otherwise destined for the landfill.

OAK RED

  • Botanical: Quercus Rubra
  • Origin: Eastern Canada & U.S.
  • Appearance: Pinkish to light reddish brown or light brown. The grain is usually straight and open.

OAK WHITE

  • Botanical: Quercus Rubra
  • Origin: Eastern Canada & U.S.
  • Appearance: Light tan to pale yellow brown, and may have a pinkish tinge. The grain is open and the texture is medium to coarse.

OLIVE

  • Botanical: Olea spp.
  • Origin: Mediterranean countries, dry irrigated areas of the U.S., East Africa, South Africa.
  • Appearance: Distinctive swirling colors of tan, brown and black. Straight-grained or highly interlocked.

PADAUK

  • Botanical: Pterocarpus Soyauxii
  • Origin: Cameroon, Zaire, Angola, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Nigeria
  • Appearance: Color is vivid reddish-orange initially, but changes over time to bright red or coral pink with dark streaks. The grain is generally straight to somewhat interlocked. Texture is as fine to medium.

PAU FERRO

  • Botanical: Caesalppinia (or Guilandina) Echinata
  • Origin: Brazil
  • Appearance: Bright, vivid reddish-orange when cut, maturing to reddish-brown upon exposure. Striped to marble-like figure, sometimes with knots. Straight to interlocked grain with fine smooth texture.

ROSEWOOD EAST INDIAN

  • Botanical: Dalbergia Latifolia
  • Origin: Southern India and Java
  • Appearance: Rose to dark purple-brown with darker purple-black edging the growth zones. Grain is interlocked producing a ribbon figure. Uniform texture.

ROSEWOOD HONDURAN

  • Botanical: Dalbergia Stevensonii
  • Origin: Belize
  • Appearance: Pink to purple brown with darker and lighter bands in attractive combinations. The grain is typically straight and the texture is medium to fine.

SAPELE

  • Botanical: Entandrophragma cylindricum
  • Origin: Equatorial Africa
  • Appearance: Pinkish red. Dark, slightly wavy lines are sometimes evident.

SHEDUA

  • Botanical: Guibourtia Ehie (or Arnoldiana)
  • Origin: Western Equatorial Africa, Ghana
  • Appearance: Ranges in color from Light Yellowish Brown to Dark Greyish. It has a wide range of color variability from tan pieces through to dark, almost black pieces. Darkens over time from a golden brown to a darker brown under the black striping.

TULIPWOOD

  • Botanical: Dalbergia Frutescens
  • Origin: Brazil
  • Appearance: Beautiful pink-yellow with a pronounced striped figure in varying shades of salmon pink, and rose-red to violet. The grain is straight but more often irregular; the texture is moderately fine.

WALNUT

  • Botanical: Juglans Nigra
  • Origin: U.S. and Canada
  • Appearance: Light grayish brown to deep chocolate brown to an almost black purplish brown. The grain is slightly open and usually straight, but may be wavy or irregular. Texture is usually coarse, but uniform.

WENGE

  • Botanical: Millettia Stuhlmannii (or Laurentii)
  • Origin: East Africa
  • Appearance: Dark brown to almost black with alternate layers of light and dark tissue. Texture is rather coarse; grain is straight.

ZEBRAWOOD

  • Botanical: Microberlinia Brazzavillensis
  • Origin: Gabon, Cameroon, and Congo
  • Appearance: Light golden-yellow with streaks of dark brown to black, and produces alternating hard and soft grained material. Has a high luster, and the grain is usually interlocked or wavy. Medium to coarse texture.