Wood Options

Wood Options


Species: Anigre   Aningeria spp.

Anigre is an African hardwood somtimes referred to as white wenge. The heartwood ranges from a creamy brown to a salmon pink. Quartered anigre is highly coveted for its exceptional figure.

Ash, Eastern


Species: Ash, Eastern   Fraxinus americana

This fine cabinet hardwood is medium in texture, is easy to work and to finish, and is one of the most popular species for cabinetry and furniture, both domestically and abroad.

Birch, Natural

Species: Birch, Natural   Betula alleghaniensis

Birch is one of the most important hardwoods in the world because of its singular beauty, its strength and fine even texture. Our domestic Birch, from the northeastern United States, is beautiful in grain and color and offers the additional advantage of longer lengths than are available in Oriental Birch.


Species: Bocote   Cordia spp.

Bocote, which comes from Mexico and Central America, is colored greenish yellow to golden brown with dark stripes. Often highly figured with “eyes.” Hard and heavy. Appears oily with a medium luster. Takes a natural polish.


Species: Bubinga   Guibourtia spp.

This West African hardwood is also known as African Rosewood. Color varies from red to brown or violet with streaks or lines of dark purple. Moderately hard and heavy, medium textured with somewhat wavy grain. Works with ease and takes a lustrous finish.


Species: Canarywood   Centrolobium spp

We like to call this the rainbow wood! Contrary to its name, which may suggest a pale yellow color, a true Canarywood has a heartwood that varies a great amount. Whether it be an orange, a brown or even a purple, Canarywood boasts many bold and striking shades.

Cherry, Eastern

Species: Cherry, Eastern   Prunus serotina

The close even texture and beauty of Cherry have made it synonymous with fine furniture since colonial times. Although grown in widely separated areas of the world, our own American Black Cherry is matchless for quality.


Species: Cocobolo   Dalbergia retusa

Boards in these lumber packs are typically 2 to 3 feet long.

Harvested in the Pacific Regions of Central America, extending from Southern Mexico to Panama. Color varies from a deep rich orange-red with black striping or mottle figure, has a “cinnamon-like” odor.


Species: Hickory/Pecan   Carya illinoensis

Pecan/Hickory is a close-grained hardwood, used for furniture and wall paneling. The heartwood is reddish-brown with occasional darker streaks and the sapwood is creamy white. Pecan/Hickory grows from the Mississippi River Valley North through Illinois.


Species: Lacewood   Cardwellia sublimes or Euplassa pinnata

From two primary sources, Australia and South America Lacewood is referred to as “Silky” Oak, however not related to Oak. Lacewood is light pinkish tan with a silvery-pink sheen. Quarter-sliced to yield the flaky grain character. Moderately heavy and hard.

Mahogany, African

Species: Mahogany, African   Khaya ivorensis

This tropical African hardwood resembles Genuine Mahogany and is often substituted. Color varies from light to deep reddish-brown.

Maple, White Hard

Species: Maple, Eastern Hard   Acer saccharum

Maple needs no introduction as it has long been one of our most popular hardwoods. Also known as “Sugar Maple,” this fine white stock is selected especially for lack of mineral streaks.  Also available in Curly, Quilted and Birdseye Maple.


Species: Padauk   Pterccarpus soyauxii

Central and West Tropical Africa, also called camwood. Heartwood is a vivid orange-red, toning down to dark purple-brown with red streaks upon exposure.

Sycamore, Quarter Sawn

Species: Sycamore   Platanus occidentalis

Sycamore produces a stable, very attractive flake figure when quartersawn. A favorite for butcherblocks since it does not impart taste, odor or stain to a substance that comes in contact with it.


Species: Walnut, Eastern Black   Juglans nigra

Walnut has a beautiful grain, rich brown in color, and a hard, smooth texture. Moderately heavy, very strong for its weight and exceptionally stable, it is our finest domestic furniture wood.

Walnut, California ‘Claro’

Species: Walnut, California ‘Claro’   Juglans hindsi

The wood of Juglans hindsi is commonly called Claro Walnut by the lumber industry and woodworkers.   It is highly figured with a rich brown color and striking grain patterns, especially in the crotch areas, where large limbs meet the trunk.  It is used in small quantities to make fine furniture and gun stocks, and sold as slabs to make large natural-top tables because of its durability, good working properties, and swirling iridescent figure.


Species: Wenge   Millettia laurentii

Imported from the Republic of the Congo, Wenge is dark brown with fine close blackish veining. Machines well to a smooth finish. Hard and heavy, with a coarse texture.


Species: Zebrawood   Microberlinia brazzavillensis

Imported from Western Africa, Zebrawood produces a pronounced striped figure with quarter sawn. Color is of pale yellow-brown with narrow darker streaks.