Wood Used

Listed below are some of the woods we use. Please note, if the wood of your choice is not listed here, we will still locate the wood, however cost varies depending on the type of wood used.



Alder, red – Pinkish brown with little figure. Western states utility wood often substituted for birch, but less hard and strong. Easy to work. Inexpensive.
Ash, white – Creamy to grayish brown, wide-grain wood that’s tough and durable. Versatile; works easily and accepts finishes well. Moderately priced.
Basswood – Nondescript, creamy white to russet “woodcarver’s wood.” Lightweight, soft, and uniform in grain. Accepts glue and paint well; stable. Moderately priced.
Beech – Tan to reddish in color with conspicuous rays. Heavy and hard, but prone to checking and warping. Works fairly well; imparts no odor or taste. Moderately priced.
Birch, yellow – Light reddish brown with pleasing grain. Hard, heavy, and strong. Versatile; machines easily and accepts finishes well. Moderately priced.
Cherry, black – Uniform, reddish brown color with some figure. Strong and hard but not heavy. Works well and takes a satiny finish; stable. Becomes red with age. Moderately priced.
Hickory/Pecan Reddish brown with uniform grain. Strong, hard woods that are often sold together. Must be seasoned carefully. Very tough and durable, yet easily worked. Moderately priced.
Maples, sugar and Eastern – Reddish tan with great variety of grain (curly and bird’s-eye are two types). Heavy, hard, and durable. Works easily and accepts finishes well; takes abuse. Moderately priced.

Oak, red – Very popular pinkish, fairly straight-grain wood with large pores. Heavy, hard, and very durable. Machines and finishes well. Moderately priced.

Oak, white – Yellowish brown in color with distinctive quarter-sawn rays and closed pores. Dense, strong, and very durable. Machines and finishes well. Moderately expensive.

Pine – A light colored American soft wood is chosen by many for the beautiful contrast of letters when laser engraved. This durable wood will bring joy and satisfaction for years.

Poplar, yellow – Yellowish brown to green wood with bland, uniform grain. Light and moderately soft. Works easily and shows no grain through paint; stable. Inexpensive.
Walnut – A most beautiful American dark brown hardwood with black swirls of burly grain. This wood is hand selected for the best grain character. Walnut is used in the finest furniture and exotic trim.
Walnut, black – Chocolate brown wood with handsome grain and great figure variety. Durable and strong. Works well, takes high polish, and is very stable. Expensive.




Australian Cypress
Bocote – Brown to black wood (sometimes called Mexican rosewood) with yellow lines; straight to wavy grain. Heavy, hard, and oily. Expensive.
Cocobolo – Russet to orange colored Central and South American wood. Wavy grain and spicy aroma. Very hard, beautiful wood that may cause rash when worked. Expensive.
Ebonies, African and East Indian – African: Deep black with little figure. East Indian (Macassar): Brown to black with lighter streaks. Extremely hard and heavy woods that are difficult to find. Expensive.
Koa – Golden brown Hawaiian wood with some fiddleback figure. Soft, but finishes to a lustrous sheen. Getting rare, but only moderately expensive.
Lauan – Tan to reddish “Philippine mahogany” with much ribbon grain and large pores. Softer, coarser, and stringier than true mahoganies; doesn’t machine as well. Moderately priced.
Lignum vitae – Green to brown heartwood with tight, swirling grain. Hard, heavy Caribbean wood that’s difficult to work, extremely oily, but very durable, Expensive.
Mahoganies, African and Honduran – Golden reddish brown wood with variable grain and much figure. Moderately hard and very strong. Large, clear pieces available. Works very well. Moderately expensive.
Padouk – Golden red African wood often called vermilion. Uniform in grain and color (darkens to bronze); good for contrast. Hard, heavy wood that machines well. Expensive.
Purpleheart – Mildly striped wood (properly called amaranth) from American tropics; turns royal purple after cutting. Hard; works well. Moderately expensive.
Rosewoods, Brazilian and East Indian – Dark brown to violet and black with light and dark streaks. Brazilian has larger pores and is less stable than East Indian, Both finish beautifully. Expen~sive.
Satinwood – Yellow to gold. Rare East Indian variety has great figure range, but checks easily West Indian version is plainer, but more stable and workable, Both finish well, Expensive.
Spanish Cedar – Golden reddish brown wood with variable grain and much figure. Moderately hard and very strong. Large, clear pieces available. Works very well. Moderately expensive.
Teak – Golden brown Asian wood with some similarities to walnut. Very stable, even outdoors. Oily; sandy quality of wood hard on saw blades. Expensive.
Tulipwood – Pink to red and yellow Brazilian wood with wavy, irregular grain. Looks painted. Very hard; can be difficult to work. Expensive.
Zebrawood – Golden-hued African wood with pronounced black stripes and large pores: Lustrous when finished. Expensive.

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