Finishes

Grained wood

Acacia Blackwood :

Acacia Blackwood, ia also known as Australian Blackwood and is an Acacia species native to eastern Australia and Tasmania. It grows to a height of 65-100 feet.
Colors are highly variable but tend to be medium golden or reddish brown. There are usually contrasting bands of color in the growth rings. Wavy and/or curly gains are not uncommon.
Common uses are veneer, furniture, cabinetry, musical instruments, gunstocks, and turned objects.

African Blackwood :

African Blackwood (Dalbergia Melanoxylon), is a flowering plant in the family Fabaceae, native to seasonally dry regions of Africa from Senegal east to Eritria and south to Transvaal in South Africa. It is an important timber species and is used in the manufacture of musical instruments and fine furniture.

Amazakoue :

Amazakoue (Guibourtia ehie), is native to tropical West Africa ranging from Cameroon and Gabon, and north and west to Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, and Liberia.
The heartwood usually shows varying shades of yellowish to reddish brown with dark brown, gray, or black stripes. The sapwood is pale yellow and is not of much interest to woodworkers.
Amazakoue is used as veneer, solid furniture, cabinetry, musical instruments, flooring, and turned objects.

Ancient Kauri :

The Kauri forests originated in the northern island of New Zealand and it has been scientifically proven that they existed prior to the ice age. According to one theory, they were knocked down by a giant tsunami and buried in the peat bogs where they were perfectly preserved from the elements that would have otherwise rotted them away. Today, through careful extraction methods, these logs are pulled out of the peat bogs using heavy equipment, and the bog is then returned to its' natural state. This wood has been carbon dated to between 30,000 and 50,000 years old.
The loose grain can show some slight "roughing" in the finish but it is natural and does not detract from the beauty and simple elegance of the wood. 
Kauri has been featured on "The History Channel" episode, "Lumber Yards".

Ash :

Ash (Fraxinus) is a hardwood and is very strong, but elastic. It is extensively used for making bow, tool handles, and baseball bats and other uses that demand high strength and resilience.
The wood is light brown, think baseball bats, and finishes nicely.


Bamboo, Carmelized :

This beautiful wood from south and southeast Asia, is a flowering evergreen in the grass family. It is one of the fastest growing plants in the world and is often used in construction in that part of the world and has a higher compressive strength than brick or concrete and a tensile strength that rivals steel. 
This wood has been dyed a beautiful medium carmel color, but the grains have not been overpowered by the dye. Definitely an eye catcher!

Bethlehem Olive Wood :

Olivewood (Olea europaea) is native the coastal areas of the eastern Mediterranean basin as well as northern Iran and Iraq, and south of the Caspian Sea. Known primarily for its fruit and oil products, Olive wood is also used by woodturners to create beautiful bowls, pens, and other decorative items.
The wood is a medium tan with light to dark grain. The wood finishes well with a nice shine but still maintains the natural look.
Bethlehem olive wood, comes with a certificate of authenticity stating that it is from the city of Bethlehem and that the wood is from trees which has been bearing fruit since the time of the Romans. This wood comes from the pruning of young trees, the sprouts from the trunks of old trees, and now unproductive trees. 

Birdseye Maple :

A very light, almost cream colored wood with very slightly darker spots, or "eyes" in the wood, and a light shimmer effect make this a very subtle yet strikingly handsome wood.

Black & White Ebony :

Black and White Ebony (Diospyros embryopteris) is common to Myanmar (Formerly Burma) and Laos in southeast Asia.
It features a striking contrast between a creamy background and thick, dark chocolate bands. It is considered a rare find and polishes well. It makes for beautiful jewelry and other turned products such as pens.

Black Cherry :

Black Cherry, Prunus Serotina, is native to eastern North America including Canada, and south to, and including, parts of Mexico.
Best known for its' fruit, black cherry, traded as cherry, is the premier cabinetry timber of the US and often carries a high price.

Black Palm :

Black Palm (Borassus flabellifer) is found in tropical Asia and Africa.
Black fibers are embedded in a lighter tan or light brown colored body. It is difficult to work with and tend to b brittle and splinter. This is due to the fibers in the body.
Patience and sharp tools, plus correct cutting angles are rewarded with a beautiful results. 
Common uses are flooring, boat building, walking sticks, knife and tool handles, furniture, and turned items.
As aggravating as this wood is, it is one of my favorite non-burls.

Black Walnut :

The Eastern Black Walnut is a species in the family, Juglandaceae, and is native to eastern North America, from southern Ontario west to South Dakota South to Florida and Georgia, and southwest to central Texas.
The heartwood can range from a light pale brown to a dark chocolate brown with darker brown streaks. The sapwood is a pale yellow-gray to nearly white. Figured grain patterns such as curl crotch, and burl are also seen.
Common uses are food, dyes, furniture, gunstocks, flooring, coffins, and many other items.

Blackline Velvet Koa :


Bloodwood :

Bloodwood (Brosimum rubescens) is a tropical South American tree that can grow to 150 feet. A bright, vivid red, the color can darken to a brownish red over time. A good finishing stage will reward the turner with an exceptional and lustrous red surface. A thick protective finish will reduce the darkening effects of time.

Bocote :

Bocote ( Cordia spp.) come from Mexico and Central and South America although some species occur in Africa. Bocote has a yellowish brown body with dramatic dark brown to almost black stripes. Colors do tend to darken with age. It is not uncommon to see "eyes" and other figuring in bocote. Common uses are fine furniture, cabinetry, flooring, veneer, boatbuilding, musical instrument, gun stocks, and turned products.

Bolivian Rosewood :

Bolivian Rosewood is found in tropical South America, mainly in Brazil and Bolivia and grows typical to 65-100 feet.
Color can be highly varied from reddish brown to a dark violet brown, often with contrasting darker black streaks. The sapwood is a pale yellow and is clearly demarcated from the heartwood.
Bolivian Rosewood is often used in veneer, musical instruments, cabinetry, flooring, interior trim, and turned objects.

Brazilian Cherry :

Brazilian Cherry, or Jatoba, is common to the Caribbean, central and south America. It is a hardwood that is used for furniture and flooring, and other decorative purposes (pens, too!).
although Jatoba is often referred to as Brazilian cherry, it is not a cherry tree, but a legume belonging to the Fabaceae family.
It produces an orange, resinous gum that converts to amber after a few million years. Remember "Jurassic Park"?
The wood features a tan/salmon color with black accent stripes that, over time, turn to a deep rich red color.


Bubinga :

Bubinga (Guibourtia) is found in equatorial Africa and grows to 150 feet.
The heartwood ranges from a pinkish red to a darker reddish-brown with dark purple or black streaks. Sapwood is a pale straw color and is clearly demarcated from the heartwood.
Common uses are veneers, fine furniture, cabinetry,  turned products, and other specialty items.

Camelthorn :

Camelthorn, or Giraffe Thorn is found in south Africa and so named for the seeds and pods that camels and giraffes eat (carefully) from this tree, despite its' long thorns.
Its' heartwood is a dark reddish brown and the sapwood is yellow.
It is most often used for fence posts, firewood, and small turned specialty items.

Canarywood :

Canarywood (Centrolobium) is found in South America from Panama to southern Brazil. The heartwood color can vary from a pale yellow-orange to a darker reddish brown, usually with darker streaks throughout.
Common uses are flooring, boat building, furniture and turned products.

Catalpa (Catawba) :

Found in warm temperate regions of North America, the Caribbean, and Was Asia, The Catalpa is a deciduous tree that can be recognized by its' large, heart shaped leaves, showy white flowers, and their long bean shaped bean pods. 

Cedar :

Cedar comes from several different trees that grow in different parts of the world. 
A certain type is used for making pencils, another to protect clothing from insects, some for making fence posts, and another still, for building houses, mostly in Japan. 
This is probably Western Red Cedar.

Chakte Viga :

Chakte Viga is found in the tropical areas of Mexico and Central America. The heartwood is bright orang to golden brown and the sapwood is pale white to yellow. Common uses for Chakte Viga are turned objects, inlays, furniture  and flooring. It has also been used as fence post material with reports stating that the wood lasts up to 100 years in the ground!

Cherry :

Cherry is commonly used for cabinetry. Have a Pepper Mill and Salt Shaker to match your cabinets!

Cocobola :

Cocobola (Dalbergia retusa) is a Central American tree growing to 60 feet. Cocobola can be seen in a kaleidoscope of colors ranging from yellow, orange, red, and shades of brown with streaks of black or purple. Sapwood is typically a very pale yellow. Colors are lighter when freshly sanded and darken with age. Cocobola is highly prized and in limited supply, but is not on an endangered species list as yet.
Common uses are fine furniture, musical instruments, and turned products.
Cocobola is one of my non-burl favorites!

Cuban Mahogany :

Cuban mahogany(Swietenia mahogani) is found in southern Florida and the Caribbean. Color can vary a fair amount with cuban mahogany, from a pale pinkish brown to a darker reddish brown. Typically, the denser the wood, the darker the color. Color does tend to darken with age.
Common uses are furniture, cabinetry, veneers, musical instruments, boat building, and turned products.

Desert Ironwood :

Desert Ironwood, Olneya Tesota, is a flowering tree of the legume family. This tree is found in the Sonoran Desert in the southwestern United States, Northern Mexico, and Baja California.
Desert Ironwood is very hard and heavy. Its density is greater than water and thus, sinks. 
A very popular use of ironwood is knife handles since its hardness, beautiful grain, and coloring is ideal.
It is somewhat difficult to work with and requires very sharp tools, but the effort is not wasted on this beautiful wood.

East Indian Rosewood :

East Indian Rosewood (Dalbergia Latifolia) is native to India and is related to African Blackwood, Brazilian Rosewood, Cocobola, and others. 
The heartwood can vary from a golden brown to a deep purplish brown with darker brown streaks. The wood darkens with age.
Common uses are fine furniture, musical instruments, veneer, and turned objects.

Ebiara :

Ebiara, from West Africa, is also sometimes called Red Zebrawood and its' scientific name is almost the same is Zebrawood. 
The heartwood ranges from golden yellow brown to a deep reddish brown with darker black streaks and stripes. A paler sapwood is clearly demarcated from the heartwood.
Common uses are veneers, furniture, cabinetry, turned objects, and specialty wood items.

Gaboon Ebony :

True ebony is a dense black wood of the genus Diospyros. Gaboon ebony (Diospyros crassiflora) is native to west Africa. Gaboon ebony is typically jet black with almost no, if any, grain at all. There may be some dark brown that shows through, but not often.
Ebony has a long history of use, being found in ancient Egyptian tombs. Fine cabinetry, framing, and carvings are also common uses.
Gaboon ebony is just amazing. Nothing says it better than basic black!
Another of my favorites!

Honduran Rosewood :

Honduran rosewood (Dalbergia stevensonii) is found primarily in Belize in central America where it grows to 50-100 feet and as much as 3 feet in diameter.
The heartwood can range from deep brownish purple to a light brown. Most common is a brownish mauve color. The sapwood is pale yellow.Common uses are fine furniture, musical instruments, veneer, turned and other specialty wood objects like pens.

Honey Locust :

The name pretty much describes this beautiful wood. A golden honey color with darker grains highlights this beautiful wood.

Hububalli :

Hububalli, loxopterygium sagotti, is a relatively uncommon wood from South America. The heartwood is primarily light reddish brown, often with darker streaks. The grain is generally straight but may also be interlocked or wavy. The heartwood is also fluorescent when put under a blacklight.
Common uses are furniture and cabinetry as well as flooring, veneer, and turned objects.

Imbuya (Dark) :

Imbuya, also Imbuia, Embuya, and other variant spellings, (Ocotea porosa)  grows in southern Brazil to 130 feet. 
We have both Dark and Light colored Imbuya. 

Imbuya (Light) :

Imbuya, also Imbuia, Embuya, and other variant spellings, (Ocotea porosa)  grows in southern Brazil to 130 feet. 
We have both Dark and Light colored Imbuya. 

Ironwood (Surinam) :

Surinam, on the northeastern coast is home to many exotic woods including one of the finest and rarest hardwoods in the world, Ironwood.
Ironwood can range from red and orange, to violet and brown in the heartwood and yellowish white in the sapwood which is clearly demarcated. It is among the heaviest woods in the world.
Although not sold commercially, small pieces are sometimes available for the hobbyist, often being used for veneers and turned objects such as pens. It is NOT related to Desert Ironwood. 

Jamaican Blue Mahoe :


Jerusalem Olivewood :

Olivewood (Olea europaea) is native the coastal areas of the eastern Mediterranean basin as well as northern Iran and Iraq, and south of the Caspian Sea. Known primarily for its fruit and oil products, Olive wood is also used by woodturners to create beautiful bowls, pens, and other decorative items.
The wood is a medium tan with light to dark grain. The wood finishes well with a nice shine but still maintains the natural look.
We also have Bethlehem Olivewood, from Bethlehem, and certified to be growing at the time of the Roman occupation, and a new addition, Jerusalem Olivewood.

Kiaat :

Kiatt, also known as Muninga and Mukwa, grows in south central Africa. 
The heartwood can vary in color from a light golde brown to a darker reddish or purplish brown. Its' colors reportedly get lighter with exposure to light. The grain has a medium texture and is strait to interlocked.
Kiatt is sometimes used as a substitute for teak and is relatively inexpensive.  

Kingwood :

Kingwood, Dalbergia Cearenis, Is a large genus of tropical trees found in Brazil. Kingwood is cultivated commercially for the dramatically grained and colored timbers and handsome violet streaks.
It is often used for cabinetry. 

Koa, Blackline Velvet :


Lacewood :

Lacewood (panopsis spp.) is a tropical South American tree growing to about 50 feet.
It has a very conspicuous flecking that gives the wood its namesake. The wood is reddish brown with grey or light brown rays which result in a lace pattern. Lacewood is commonly used in veneers, cabinetry, fine furniture, musical instruments (mostly guitars), and turned products.
The lace pattern is beautiful and you will not be disappointed.


Lati :

Lati, or yellowood, is one of south Africa's most valued timber tree and is their national tree. The tree is a slow-growing, usually large evergreen tree and usually reaches to 20-30 meters.
It is often used with other timbers to make fine furniture. It was also used to make railway cars and coffins! It polishes nicely and makes a beautiful  pen.

Leadwood :

The lead wood tree is found from KwaZulu-Natal Province of south Africa in the south to Tanzania in the north. Lead wood trees can live up to 1000 years. The tree can remain standing for years after it has died.
 It was once used for railway sleepers and is now prized as wood for ornamental work and furniture.
The Hereros and the Ovambos tribes of Namibia regard the lead wood tree as the great ancestor of all animals and people and they never pass the tree without paying it the necessary respect!

Lignum Vitae :

From Central and northern South America, is regarded by most as the heaviest and hardest wood in the world. It's natural oils provide self-lubrication and for that reason, has been used as propeller shaft bearings on ships. BesidesBearings, other common uses are tool handles, pulley wheels and turned objects.
Lignum Vitae is Latin for "The Tree of Life" which is derived from the tree's many medicinal uses. 
Lignum Vitae has been exploited to the brink of extinction and is now an endangered species (ours is recycled from other users).
Lignum Vitae is sold buy the pound instead of the usual board/foot which makes it considerably expensive.
The heartwood can range from pale yellowish olive to a deeper forest green to dark brown and almost black.
This is an excellent hardwood to add to your collection!

Macacauba :

AKA Orange Agate, is found in Central and South America.
The heartwood can be highly variable, ranging from bright red to a darker reddish or purplish brown often with dark stripes. Clearly demarcated sapwood is yellow to white. The high natural luster and chatoyance makes this a beautiful wood. It is most often used for turning wood (pen making, etc.) and flooring. 

Macassar Ebony :

Macassar ebony ( Diospyros celebica) is found in southeast Asia and is named for the port city of Makassas on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Macassar ebony has a dramatic striped appearance similar to zebrawood, a light to reddish brown body with darker brown or black stripes.
Common uses are very high end cabinetry, billiard cues, musical instruments veneers, and turned products.

Macedamia :


Mango :

Mango ( Mangifera indica), native to tropical Asia and Oceania, is known much more for its fruit, but also yields beautiful and valuable lumber.
Spalting is commonly present in mango, and can be a kaleidoscope of colors. Normally, the heartwood is a golden brown, while other colors such as  yellow and streaks of pink an black can also occur. The paler sapwood is not always clearly defined. Curly and mottled grain patterns are also common.
It is also very eco-friendly as some mango plantations harvest the trees for lumber after they have completed their useful life as fruit-bearing trees.

Maple :


Maponi :

Mopani, often called balsam tree, butterfly tree, or turpentine tree, is a member of the legume family (Fabaceae) that grows in hot, dry, low lying areas in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, Angola, and Malawi in southern Africa.
It is often used in aquariums and resists rot.

Marblewood :

Marblewood (Zygia racemosum) is found in northeastern South America.
The heartwood is yellow to golden brown with irregular brown, purple or black streaks. Sapwood is paler than heartwood and is a solid yellowish color lacking contrasting streaks.Common uses are flooring , veneers, cabinetry, fine furniture and turn products.

Monkeypod :

Monkeypod (Samanea saman) is found in Central and South America but has been transplanted in many tropical regions.Colr tends to be golden to dark brown, sometimes with darker streaks. Sapwood is usually thin and yellow-white, and clearly demarcated from the heartwood. Monkeypod is sometimes seen with highly figured curly or wild grain patterns.

Olive Wood :

Olivewood (Olea europaea) is native the coastal areas of the eastern Mediterranean basin as well as northern Iran and Iraq, and south of the Caspian Sea. Known primarily for its fruit and oil products, Olive wood is also used by woodturners to create beautiful bowls, pens, and other decorative items.
The wood is a medium tan with light to dark grain. The wood finishes well with a nice shine but still maintains the natural look.
We also have Bethlehem Olivewood, from Bethlehem, and certified to be growing at the time of the Roman occupation, and a new addition, Jerusalem Olivewood.

Osage Orange :

Osage Orange (Maclura tinctoria) is a tropical tree growing in the West Indies and Central and South America.
The heartwood is golden to bright yellow which ages to a darker medium brown due to exposure to UV light. Common uses are flooring, furniture, and turning.

Padauk :

Most Padauk is from African and when freshly cut is a very bright red/orange, but when exposed to sunlight, tends to fade over time to a warm brown color. 
Padauk is a favorite among woodworkers and is sometimes used to make xylophone and marimba keys, and guitars. Some Padauks are also used as herbal medicines to treat skin parasites and fungal infections.

Panga Panga :

Panga Panga (Millettia Stuhimannil) is native to Congo, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe in Africa.
The heartwood is a very dark brown with black streaks, but unlike other woods, is reported to become lighter when exposed to light.
Panga Panga can be dark enough to substitute for Ebony.
Note: We don't substitute for anything.

Pau Rosa :

Pau Rosa (Bobgunnia fistuloides) grows in small clusters in the African rainforests.
The heartwood tends to vary in color from a pink or yellow to a darker reddish-brown, with darker brown streaks. White to pale yellow sapwood is clearly demarcated from the heartwood. common uses are veneer, carvings,  furniture and small specialty turned products.

Pheasant Wood :

Pheasant Wood is found mostly in Hawaii and Southeast Asia. It is a rare species of hardwood named after the black and golden figured patterns of a pheasants tail feathers. It is excellent for fine articles such as pens and polishes easily.
Usually grown as an ornamental tree for its' showy flowers, it is more difficult to obtain than ebony.

Pink Ivory :

Pink Ivory is a tree found in southern Africa and grows to a height of 100-130 ft. 
It ranges in color from a pale brownish pink to a bright, almost neon pink to a deep red. Typically, most pieces are a vibrant pink. Color changes can fade or dull over time and are not fully understood.
Pink Ivory trees are said to be both rare and valuable and have been rumored to be "rarer than diamonds". Other reports state that it is relatively common in some areas of south Africa, though large trees with straight, defect-free trunks are much more scarce. According to folklore, the tree is considered royal to the Zulus in South Africa.

Pommele Sepele :

Pommele Sapele, commonly known as Sapelli is a large tree native to tropical Africa.
The commercially important wood is reminiscent of mahogany, a member of the same family, and is typically applied when figuring is important as in musical instruments, particularly accoustic and electric guitars. Cadillac uses Sapele for interior wood trim on its vehicles.


Purpleheart :

Purpleheart (Peltogyne) is native to tropical regions of Central and South America. The trees are prized for their beautiful heartwood which, when cut, quickly turns from a dark brown to a rich purple color. Purpleheart is prized for it's fine inlay work, cabinetry, flooring, furniture, and woodturning products such as pens.

Queenwood :

Native to Peru, Queenwood features a lavender to purple heartwood with highly grained characteristics and a beautiful cream colored sapwood.

Red Palm :

Red Palm, or coconut palm is found throughout the tropics, worldwide. The reddish brown fibers are embed in a lighter tan or light brown colored body. The fibers are more densely packed toward the outside of the tree trunk. Red Palm, and Black Palm, are quite difficult to work, with both hand and machine tools, very sharp tools are required. The results for patience are well worth it. 

Redheart :

Redheart (Erthroxylum) is found in southern Mexico to southern Brazil and Paraguay.
Redheart can be a very bright, almost watermelon red, though color can vary in intensity and hue from board to board, from a light orange/pink to a darker brownish red. Redheart's vibrant color quickly fades to a reddish brown in direct sunlight.

Roman Olivewood :


Satinwood :

Most likely the origin of satinwood comes from the woven fabric satin, which has a smooth,lustrous face. Regardless of the source of the term, in woodworking, there are a few characteristics that are common in most types of satinwood: yellow-gold color, fine texture, high natural luster, interlocked grain producing mottle figure.
There have been only two species of satinwood that have been accepted as satinwood in the truest sense. Both are in the Rutaceae family which includes the citrus genus, lemon orange, lime, etc. trees.
It is exactly as described and the pens do have a beautiful satiny finish!
Another one of my favorites!

Snakewood :

Snakewood (Brosimum guianesis) grows in the coastal regions of northeast South America. Snakewood is so called for its characteristic snakeskin patterns. It is typically reddish-brown with contrasting darker brown or black patches. Colors tend to darken and homogenize with age.
Common uses are inlay, veneer, violin bows, and other small turned products.
This is an interesting wood that is exactly as described. It is my son's favorite wood!

Southern Live Oak, Charlestown Navy Yard :

The 500 year old southern live oak was salvaged from the Charlestown Navy Yard, one of the oldest shipbuilding facilities in the United States Navy. It was the wood of choice for shipbuilding components in the frigates built in that era.
Although THIS wood is NOT from the USS Constitution, Southern Live Oak is so dense, it actually helped that ship earn the nickname, "Old Ironsides" because cannon balls bounced off its' hull! 
Note: This wood is not from the USS Constitution.

Sumac :

Sumac (Rhus spp.) grows in the northeastern United States. It is also common in subtropical and temperate regions throughout the the world, especially in Africa. It is often used as a spice in middle eastern, Arab, Iranian, Kurdish, and Turkish cuisines. Sumac was also used in medieval  medicine.
The color is consistently yellow to olive green with grayish white sapwood. Common uses are small specialty items, carvings, inlays, and turned products.

Sycamore :

Sycamore (Platanus Occidentalis), sometimes called the Buttonwood, is a species native to North America. It's range extends from Iowa to Ontario and Maine in the north, Nebraska in the west, and south to Texas and Florida.
It's wood has been used extensively for butcher blocks as well as boxes and crates. Although coarse grained and difficult to work, it has also been used to make furniture, siding, and musical instruments.
The wood is mostly comprised of the sapwood with some dark heartwood streaks. The sapwood is white to light tan, and the heartwood a a darker reddish brown.Sycamore has very distinctive ray flecks present on quarter sawn surfaces giving it a freckled appearance.

Tamboti :

Tamboti (spirostachys africana) is a medium sized deciduous tree growing in the warmer parts of Southern Africa.
It is prized in the furniture industry for its beautiful, dense and durable timber which is reddish-brown with darker streaks and a satin-like luster.

Tigre Caspi :

Not often available, Tigre Caspi is most commonly seen as turned objects and other small specialty wood items.
The heartwood of Tigre Caspi is yellow to golden brown with irregular brown/black streaks. Grayish yellow sapwood is slightly paler than the heartwood and is sometimes indistinguishable from the heartwood.
Tigre Caspi is found in Central and South America.

Tulipwood :

The Tulipwood is found primarily in northeastern Brazil and is part of the rosewood (Dalbergia) family.
The heartwood is streaked with yellows, reds, oranges, and pinks. Color and figure can be highly variegated. 
Usually very expensive, it is seldom available as boards, Tulipwood is most often seen as smaller turning wood. It can be difficult to work with due to an abundance of natural oils and high density. It does turn well and takes a high polish.

Turkish Walnut :


USS Constitution :


Walnut :


Wenge :

Wenge is a tree native to Africa, particularly Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Mozambique, Tanzania, & Zaire and grows to 60-90 ft.
The heartwood is very dark brown with black streaks. Oil based finishes leave this wood almost black with a low natural luster.
Its' most common uses are veneers, paneling, furniture turned objects, and musical instruments.

White Birch, Dyed :


Yucatan Rosewood :

Yucatan Rosewood (Dalbergia Tucurensis) is found in central and south America.
Typically a cinnamon brown color, the heartwood can be highly variable from light brown to a deep russet brown. Grains tend to be somewhat bland, but darker streaks or swirled grain is occasionally present.
Common uses for Yucatan Rosewood are turned objects, musical instruments, furniture, and small specialty wood objects.

Zebrawood :

Zebrawood (microberlinia brazzavillensis) is found in west Africa and grows to 150 feet.
The heartwood is light brown or cream color with dark reddish black streaks resembling a zebra's stripes. Depending on how it is sawn the stripes can be chaotic and wavy or uniform.
Common uses are veneers, tool handles, furniture, boat building, skis, and turned products.

Zircote :

Zircote (cordia dodecandra) is found in central America and Mexico. Colors range from medium to dark brown, sometimes with either a green or purple hue, with darker bands of black growth rings intermixed.
Common uses are furniture, veneer, cabinetry, gunstocks, musical instruments (acoustic & electric guitars), and specialty wood items including pens and carvings. 

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