Spalted Alder, Dyed Red :
Alder is the common name of a genus of flowering plants belonging to the birch family, Betulaceae, which comprises about 30 species of trees and shrubs. It is distributed throughout the northern temperate Zone, and some can grow quite large.
Electric guitars, most notably the Fender Jazz Bass, Precision Bass, Stratocaster and Telecaster have been built with Alder bodies since the 1950's. Alder is also used in making furniture, cabinets, and other woodworking products. Although to numerous to name here, Alder was used, quite effectively, for medicinal purposes by Native Americans.
Spalted Australian Mallee :
Spalted Buckeye :
Buckeye (Aesculus spp.) grows in the eastern United states and is also the state tree of Ohio. The heartwood is creamy white or yellowish and can have grayish streaks. Buckeye burl has reddish brown knots with light to dark grey swirls of discoloring.
We offer natural buckeye burl but lean toward the dyed wood (red, green blue, orange, and others) that offer some of the most unusual combinations we've seen! We also offer spalted buckeye which finishes a yellowish gray. It is simply one of the best looking pens we've made!
Spalted Hackberry :
Spalted Hickory :
Hickory, a relative of the walnut tree, is common across the US, Canada, Mexico, and other parts of the world.
Hickory is very hard, stiff, dense, & shock resistant. There are woods that are harder, but the combination of strength and toughness is not found in any other woods.
It is often used for tool handles, bows, wheel spokes, LaCross sticks and more. Golf club shafts (hickory sticks) and baseball bats were once made with hickory.
And, it makes a beautiful pen!
Spalted Japanese Red Maple :
Japanese maple (Acer Palmatum), is a species of woody plant native to Japan, North & South Korea, China, Eastern Mongolia, and southeast Russia. It is grown worldwide for their attractive leaf shapes and colors.
Preparations from the branches and leaves are used as a treatment in traditional Chinese medicine.
Spalted Oak :
With over 25 species of Oak, I won't go into detail here. It is found throughout the United States.
Oak is often used in cabinetry, furniture, interior trim, flooring, and veneer.
Spalted Red Maple :
Red maple (acer rubrum), also known as Swamp, Water, or Soft Maple, is one of the most common deciduous trees of eastern North America. Red maple is also used for the production of maple syrup although other maples are more commonly used. The red maple buds emerge much earlier in the spring than other maples and after sprouting, the chemical makeup of the sap changes imparting an undesirable flavor to the syrup. Red maple can only be tapped for syrup before the buds emerge, making the season very short.
Spalted Sindora :
Sindora (Sindora javanica) is found in southeast Asia and is also known by other names: Gu, Kayu, Sepitir, Supa and others.
The heartwood varies in color from golden brown or various shades of brown, but darkens upon exposure. Occasionally dark brown or black streaks give the wood an attractive appearance, The sapwood is light grayish brown and is clearly demarcated from the heartwood.
Common uses are furniture and cabinet making, wainscotting, veneer, and turned products such as pens.
Spalting offers beautiful figuring and coloration.
Spalted Sorrel :
Sorrel, or sourwood, is the sole species in the genus Oxydendrum, in the family Ericaceae. It is native to eastern North America, from southern Pennsylvania south to northwest Florida and west to southern Illinois. It is most common in the lower chain of the Appalachian Mountains.
The sorrel is an ornamental tree often used in lawns and parks. Its late bloom makes it desirable and its autumnal coloring is particularly beautiful and brilliant. It renown for its nectar and the honey produced from it. Juice from its blooms is used to make sourwood jelly.
Spalted 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.
Spalting is often caused by insects or disease, giving the wood the distinct figuring.
Spalted Tamarind :
Tamarind (Tamarindus indica) is native to tropical Africa. The heartwood is a deep reddish brown with a purplish hue. The pale yellow sapwood is very wide and sharply demarcated from the heartwood. Spalting and other discoloration is very common in the sapwood and is the majority of the tamarind available in the United States.
Common uses are furniture carving, and turned products.
Ours is spalted tamarind and offers very unusual lines and patterns in the wood.
Spalted Tiger Oak (Yellow) :