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Ancient Kauri from New Zealand is the oldest workable wood in the world. Tsunamis leveled the mighty Kauri thousands of years ago and they have been preserved underground in the top half of the North Island of New Zealand for more than 45,000 years. The further north they are found, research has shown the older the Kauri is.
Paulownia wood is now available at your local Woodcraft store and online at Woodcraft.com. Paulownia was named after Queen Anna Pavlovna of Russia (1795-1865), is sometimes called Royal Paulownia or Princess Tree, and is known in Japanese as Kiri. In Japan it is customary to plant a Paulownia tree when a baby girl is born and then to make it into a dresser as a wedding present when she marries. Paulownia seeds were originally used as packing material for shipments from Japan, and have spread prolifically across the U.S. blooming annually.
So you’ve decided to rough turn or carve a green (wet) project, and set it aside to dry. Did you realize the wood may contain over 250% more water before it is dried, depending upon it’s size and mass? Over the long period of time it may take to air dry your project, it can develop grain cracks and checks if not protected. What are checks in the wood? Well, they’re not cashable checks to take to the bank, but end grain splits that can be prevented allowing you to reap the benefits of a beautifully finished item that can be profitable! Both cracks and checks can be fixed by cutting out those areas and replacing with segmented glue-ups, but perhaps that’s not what you had in mind.
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(Guibourtia ehie) is also called Shedua and Mozambique. Its heartwood is yellow brown to dark brown with gray to almost black stripes.
(Ptercarpus indicus) Heartwood is a full spectrum of colors ranging from golden brown to deep blood red.
South East Asia.
(Dicorynia guianensis). Heartwood is reddish to brown and shows wide purplish band.
Surinam and Guyana.
(Aningeria Superba): Color is Yellowish-white to pale brown. Flat Cut, Clear,
Light in color but may contain knot pattern or mineral streaks.
This plywood is a functional grade material composed of birch from parts of Russia.
Two main colors: Natural and Carbonized (or Carmelized). A grass and not a hardwood, Bamboo is a green product – fast growing and renewable.
Pods are hard and solid with seed pod cavities running from the outside toward the center core.
Creamy white in color and lighter in weight than the related European Lime.
Canada and USA.
(Betula Papyrifera): Wide sapwood, creamy white in color with a pale brown heartwood. Rotary Cut.
Canada and Eastern USA.
Birch w Phenolic Plywood
Attractive Brown color. Manufactured material glued together with exterior glue, the birch plies are sandwiched between a top and bottom layer of phenolic-impregnated
(Dalbergia cultrata) The heartwood is dark blackish brown with sections of dark red with black or purple streaks.
South East Asia.
(Acacia melanoxylon) is also known as Australian Blackwood, Sally Wattle, Lightwood and Mudgerabah. Blackwood timber color ranges from a very pale honey color to a dark chocolate with streaks of red.
Bloodwood / Satine
(brosimum paraense) or "cardinal wood" is a medium to hard wood with a bright, vivid red color and tight straight interlocking grain.
(Cordia spp.) has a yellowish brown body with dramatic dark brown to almost black stripes. Color tends to darken with age.
Mexico, Central/South America, & Africa.
(Calycophyllum multiflorum) Colors range from creamy yellow to variegated brown/olive-like heartwood that is generally only on one face.
Paraguay, South America
Briar root, the burlwood of the Heath Tree, is also known as French bruyère. The wood is light brown to reddish brown, often beautifully textured.
(Guibourtia spp.) also known as African rosewood, is a beautiful dense hardwood with a rose-colored background and darker purple striping.
(Acacia erioloba) wood is dark reddish-brown in color and extremely dense and strong. Camelthorn seeds can be roasted and used as a substitute for coffee beans.
(Centroloblum orinocense) Color can vary from a pale yellow-orange to a darker reddish brown, usually with darker streaks throughout. The color tends to darken with age.
(Anadenanthera collubrina) or Patagonian Rosewood is a very attractive wood. Similar to black cherry, but more figured and richer in color.
Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil
(Juniperus virginiana) Sapwood is white to cream and is intermixed and contrasts with the salmon to dark red of the heartwood.
(Cedrela Odorata) is light reddish brown to dark brown in color with grain texture similar to that of mahogany.
Central and South America.
(Prunus serotina) features heartwood in reddish brown to deep red, with brown flecks, and will naturally darken with age.
(Hymenaea courbaril) also known as jatoba can vary in color, from a lighter orange-brown, to a darker reddish brown, which tends to become darker with age. Central America, southern
Mexico, northern South America, and the West Indies.
(Dalbergia sp) can be seen in a kaleidoscope of different colors, ranging from yellow, orange, red, and shades of brown with streaks of black or purple.
This burl wood offers unmatched color and grain patterns in a deep reddish-brown.
(Berlinia grandiflora) also known as red zebrawood. The heartwood varies from pink-red to dark red-brown. Dark-purplish-brown irregular streaks or stripped veins are sometimes visible on quartered surfaces.
Ebony Black and White
(Diospyros embryopteris) is an exotic wood with color that will vary, usually uniformly black with light-colored bands, pale to medium brown zones, or with marked contrast between almost white and black wood.
Southeast Asia and Laos.
(Diospyros spp.) is usually jet black, with little to no variation or visible grain. Occasionally dark brown or grayish-brown streaks may be present.
(Diospyros celebica) has a dramatic striped appearance, somewhat similar to zebrawood. Dark brown to black heartwood with contrasting bands of yellow to golden brown.
(Ulmus campestris) also known as Carpathian elm has swirling grain and a wonderful range of colors.
France, England, Netherlands.
(Astronium graveolens) is a medium reddish-brown with irregularly spaced streaks of dark brown to black. The color will darken with age, and the color variations on a board can often be dramatic.
(Platymiscium ulei) also known as Coyote, Macacauba or Trebol, is an extremely hard, satiny, reddish–brown wood with charming light cream colored highlights and swirling grain. Central and South America, particularly Suriname, Honduras and Venezuela.
(Enterolobium cyclocarpum) Reddish-brown. Mexico and Central America and are especially abundant in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica.
Hickory / Pecan
(Carya glabra): The heartwood is brown or red with the sapwood being creamy white. Eastern North America.
(Ilex Opaca) is a close grained, moderately heavy, creamy white wood with almost indistinct growth rings. Eastern United States.
(platymiscium dimorphandrum) has a dense, hard, reddish-brown heartwood with dark stripes. Central America.
(Dyera costulata) is white or straw colored, and there is no differentiation between heartwood and sapwood. Malaysia.
Astronium Graveolens) pronounced (Ho be yo) has a light reddish brown heartwood streaked with sharply contrasting dark reddish to black band that resemble burn marks. Central America.
(Pterocarpus angolensis) color can vary widely from a light golden brown to a dark reddish- or purplish- brown. South Central Africa.
(Dalbergia ceaserensis) is a rich violet brown background shading to almost black. Streaks of black, violet black, and brown appear throughout the material. Sapwood is off-white. Brazil.
(Albizia lebbeck) also called Lebbeck, Frywood and Woman’s Tongue tree is a light yellowish-brown to light brown heartwood. Indonesia, New Guinea and northern Australia.
(Amphimas pterocarpoides) is also known as “white Wenge”. Although the color is nothing like Wenge, the grain can be strikingly similar to Wenge. The heartwood is yellowish-brown, often with whitish markings that darken with age. Cameroon.
(Roupala montana) is a medium to dark reddish-brown with grey or light brown rays, which resemble the spots on a leopard.
(Guaiacum officinale) Dark greenish brown to almost black and sharply demarcated from the pale yellow or cream-colored sapwood.
Argentinean Lignum Vitae
(Bulnesia Sarmientoi) An olive-green to rich brown wood with straight grain, it has a satiny feel and a spicy-sweet fragrance.
MDF Medium Density Fibreboard
This engineered wood product is made by compressing wood fibers into a wax and resin binder.
(Swietenia macrophylla) is also known as Tropical Mahogany, South American Mahogany, Caoba and Chiculte.
African Mahogany in the Khaya genus. The heartwood is a light pink-brown that darkens when cut to a reddish-brown.
(Eucalyptus socialis) Red Mallee Burl is prized for its vibrant color and heavy concentration of burl eyes. Australia.
(Acer saccharum) sapwood color ranges from nearly white, to an off-white cream color, sometimes with a reddish or golden hue. The heartwood tends to be a darker reddish brown.
Ambrosia maple is technically not a specific species of maple, but rather a general description of any type of maple that has been infested by ambrosia beetles.
Birds Eye Maple
Birds Eye Maple is so named because the figure resembles small bird's eyes. Canada and North Eastern USA.
(Eucalyptus socialis) Red Mallee Burl is prized for its vibrant color and heavy concentration of burl eyes. Australia.
Mappa Burl (Populus nigra): Creamy white with reddish brown knots and open knots. Europe.
(marmaroxylon racemosum) has heartwood in an orange-yellow color with black wavy streaking that gives it a marble appearance. South America.
Pre-coated with heat-activated glue, just iron these melamine strips for a permanent bond. Black and white.
(Prosopis nigra) Black Mesquite is a heavy hardwood that ranges from rich brown to chocolate with purple overtones in color with a grain structure resembling mahogany. Argentina, South America.
Red oak (quercus rubra). Straight grained wood with a coarse texture that varies according to rate of growth. Color ranges from light cream, pinkish-red to dark tan or golden brown. USA
White Oak (Quercus alba): Beige to medium brown, which finishes to a rich honey color. Canada and USA.
Whiskey White Oak
Whiskey White Oak is made from whiskey barrels once used by the Jack Daniel Distillery. Also in red wine oak barrels which cast a red hue to the wood. USA
(olea capensis) The heartwood is often pale to medium brown with irregular streaks that vary from brown to dark-brown and dark grey. The sapwood is generally pale yellow. Africa
Olivewood is dense, oily and beautiful golden grown lumber with brown and black streaks running through it. Italy
Argentinian Osage Orange
(maclura tinctoria) Deep golden orange color. The heartwood is accentuated by bands of darker and lighter grain. Argentina
(pterocarpus soyauxii) Medium to hard wood, color can vary, ranging from a pale pinkish orange to a deep brownish red. Central and tropical west Africa.
(Borassus flabellifer) This wood has a brown background streaked with elongated dark brown and black vascular bundles. Southeast Asia m
(Cocos nucifera) or Coconut Palm has reddish brown fibers that are embedded in a lighter tan or light brown colored body. Southeast Asia
(Swartzia Madagascarensis). Pau Rosa is also called snake bean. Heartwood is a beautiful yellow-brown with a subtle to pronounced striped figure in varying shades of brown and reddish-brown. Native to Tanzania.
(Liriodendron tulipifera) Poplar, Tulip Poplar or Yellow Poplar is light cream to yellowish brown with some occasional streaks of gray or green. It has a straight uniform grain. USA
(Peltogyne spp). Bright purple when cut, it darkens to a deep purplish brown. Central and South America.
(Erythroxylon mexicanum) The bright red background of Redheart is host to a number of very interesting streaks and closed knots. Mexico / Central America.
(Guibourtia coleosperma) This rosewood has the same grain structure and density but is more of a Salmon pink with black veining. Africa
(machaerium scheleroxylon) This wood is deep, dark, chocolate brown to purple-black in color with occasional strips of even darker grain patterns. South America
(Dalbergia olivera) Like most rosewoods, the heartwood has variegated colors from burgundy to light brown. Southeast Asia
(dalbergia stevensonii) Heartwood color can range from a deep brownish-purple to a light-brown. Central America.
Color ranges from cream to orange tones and over time changes to deep orange/reddish brown. Argentina
(Dalbergia yucatensis) Is a hard, light-reddish cinnamon brown wood with darker stripes. Central and South America
(Entandrophragma cylindricum) is a genuine substitute for Mahogany. Our Sapele comes from the Congo Basin in Africa.
Satinwood Figured Asian
(Lagerstroemia spp.) Heartwood is cream-tan in color with an unbelievable grain pattern ranging from curly to fiddleback. Native to Southeast Asia. gured Asian
(Piratinera Guianensis) The heartwood is a dark red or reddish brown with conspicuous, irregular black speckles or stripes resembling skins of certain snakes. South America.
Southeast Asian Gmelia Burl
(Gmelina arborea) is pale yellow to cream colored when fresh, turning yellowish-brown (often with greenish hues) upon exposure.
Southeast Asian Piynma / Sindora Burl
Burls yield a very peculiar and highly figured wood, its rarity also adds expense. It is very sought after. Southeast Asia
The natural nut of the Tagua Palm Tree is a practical alternative to animal ivory. South America
(Tamarindus indica) has a spectacular heartwood with background colors of ivory, yellow and black lines, which gives an unpredictable landscape effect. Native to Laos.
(Excoecaria Africana) heartwood is dark brown with darker longitudinal streaks that create beautiful markings. Native to Swaziland.
Wood is a product of nature, and as such, no two pieces are alike to start with, while the same wood growing in different locales can vary greatly even though it is the exact same species.
Its color varies from a rich, lustrous golden brown to nearly black. The eyes, perfectly round, are scattered about in some burls like the figure in bird's-eye maple. Atlas Mountains of Morocco
(Pseusopiptadenia psilostachya.) Timborana has interlocking grains, brilliant burnt orange and deepening reds with a golden glow beneath.
(Dalbergia frutescens) Hard dense wood with a pinkish to yellowish heartwood with pronounced stripes of violet, salmon, and rose. Brazil
(juglans nigra) Heartwood can range from a lighter pale brown to a dark chocolate brown with darker brown streaks. Color can have a grey, purple, or reddish cast. Canada and USA.
(Juglans nigra): Dark brown with some lighter streaks, fading toward the edges with a faint purple hue, Flat cut. USA and Canada.
(Juglans spp.) Heartwood is darker than domestic walnut, with a deep chocolate brown color, and may contain streaks of lighter colored wood. Native to Mexico.
(millettia laurentii) Very dark brown in color with very close, straight grain and fine black veins. Africa.
(Pouteria sapota), also known as Chico Zapote. Its color varies from a deep, solid reddish-brown to a light reddish-orange.
(Microberlinia brazzavillensis) has a light golden yellow heartwood with streaks of dark brown to black. Africa
(Cordia dodecandra.) A rich dark brown color, with irregular thin, wavy black lines. Mexico