Curly Maple

Origin: Canada and USA

Curly Maple (Acer spp) – Curly Maple is not actually a species, but simply a description of a figure that occurs in the wood of hard and soft maple. These ripples are often mistakenly said to be part of the grain in the wood. It is more accurate to refer to the effect as ‘figure’ since the distortion is perpendicular to the grain direction. This wood is generally very light in color, with tan grain patterns and curls.

Curly Maple Wood

Birdseye Maple

Origin: Canada and USA

Birdseye maple is a rare and mysterious characteristic found in hard maple. There have been theories as to how Birdseye maple forms, but no scientific evidence has been presented to verify the true roots of its existence. The one-of-a-kind figure is sought after in all cultures by a multitude of woodworkers, craftsman, and artists. Birdseye maple is excellent for custom pool cues, musical instruments, furniture, and small items such as jewelry boxes due to its unique and amazing figure.

Birdseye Maple

Birdseye Maple

Hard Maple

Origin: Canada and USA

Hard Maple: The hard maple is the state tree of Wisconsin, Vermont, New York and West Virginia. In the North, during the cold nights and warm days of late winter, the sugar maple is tapped for its sucrose-containing sap, the source of maple syrup. Until the turn of the century, the heels of women’s shoes were made from maple. Maple has been a favorite of American furniture makers since early Colonial days.

Hard Maple

Hard Maple

Black & White Ebony

Origin: South and Southeast Asia

Black and White Ebony (Diospyros malabarica, D. embryopteris) – This exquisite wood with a combination of light and dark ebony is sometimes called Pale Moon Ebony. It grows in South and Southeast Asia. Examples of the wood having an intense black spotted pattern are sometimes referred to as Dalmation or Dot Ebony.

Black & White Ebony

Black & White Ebony

Bloodwood

Origin: South America

Bloodwood is an exotic wood that is sometimes referred to as cardinal wood, for its obvious beautiful deep rose color. With age its color does darken, but not significantly so it is a great wood to use in intarsia projects. The wood is very dense, with a tight fine, mostly linear grain.

Bloodwood

Bloodwood

Bocote

Origin: Central America, West Indies

Bocote (Cordia) – This is a hard, dense tropical wood found in Mexico, Central and South America. It has a yellowish brown body with dark brown to almost black stripes. Bocote displays a wide range of grain patterns from straight to wild, with curved lines and swirls. Color tends to darken with age.

Bocote

Bocote

Bolivian Rosewood

Origin: Bolivia

Bolivian Rosewood is an exotic wood with beautiful, rosewood like wood with black striping on top of a dark brown background. Bolivian Rosewood undergoes a substantial degree of color change as the wood lightens over time and more so in direct sunlight from the darker brown tones to lighter gold/tan tones with a muting the fresh milled color variation. Bolivian Rosewood offers a wide range of colors from medium to light browns through to almost black brown purplish tones, on top of which there is frequent black striping.

Bolivian Rosewood

Bolivian Rosewood

Bubinga

Origin: Central Africa

Bubinga (Guibourtia spp) – This wood is sometimes called African Rosewood. However, it is not a true rosewood. It is a strong wood that is found in tropical Africa and South America. There are almost 20 species of Bubinga. The wood ranges in color from a pinkish red to a darker reddish brown with darker purple or black streaks. The tree can grow to 150 feet tall. This wood is often used by luthiers in harps and guitars.

Bubinga

Bubinga

Cherry

Origin: North America

There are strong suggestions that the cherry tree originated in the territories of Asia Minor near the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. Other suggestions that the cherry trees were used in the Greek and Roman cultures come from literary historians, and it appears that cherry wood was important in many professional applications for the ancients.  American cherry is a domestic wood that is usually considered to be in the same class as mahogany for usage in the United States. Cherry wood is a stiff and strong wood and has been compared in strength properties to Yellow birch and Teak.

Cherry

Cherry

Cocobolo

Origin: Central America

Cocobolo (Dalbergia retusa) – This is a tropical, hard, heavy wood found in Mexico and Central America. It ranges in color from an orange or reddish-brown to a deep purple, often with a figuring of darker irregular traces weaving through the wood.

Cocobolo

Cocobolo

East Indian Rosewood

Origin: India

East Indian Rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia) – This rosewood is a beautiful exotic wood that varies from a golden brown to a deep purplish brown. It is a strong and heavy wood that has a wonderful striped figure with darker brown streaks.

East Indian Rosewood

East Indian Rosewood

Katalox

Origin: Central America

Katalox is an exotic wood that is native to Central America. It is far superior in strength to either Teak or Hard maple. Strength qualities in compression parallel to grain are exceptionally high. It is very hard – much harder than White oak, Hard maple, or Teak. The wood is exceptionally heavy. It weighs much more than Hard maple or Teak in the green or seasoned condition. The wood is very dense.

Katalox

Katalox

Kingwood

Origin: Brazil

Kingwood is an exotic wood that is light to dark violet brown with lighter and darker stripes of purple. Also called Violetwood or Violete. Bright luster, fine texture and is very stable in service. Very hard and heavy. Takes a high natural polish and develops patina as it ages. Fairly rare. Can be used for inlay, turning, fancy accessories.

Kingwood

Kingwood

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Macassar Ebony

Origin: Indonesia

Macassar Ebony: Has a dramatic striped appearance, somewhat similar to Zebrawood. Light to reddish brown body with darker brown or black stripes. Heartwood is rated as very durable in resistance to fungi decay.

Macassar Ebony

Macassar Ebony

Marblewood

Origin: South America

Also sometimes know as “Serpent wood”, Marblewood has distinctive patterning and can be polished to a high luster. It can be somewhat difficult to work, with interlocking and coarse grain.

Marblewood

Marblewood

Padauk

Origin: Africa and Asia

Padauk (Pterocarpus soyauxii ) – Padauk wood is obtained from several species of Pterocarpus. All padauks are from Africa or Asia, with the most common being from Africa. When fresh it is a very bright red, which will fade to warm brown over time and exposure to sunlight.

Padauk

Padauk

Pink Ivory Wood

Origin: Southern Africa

Pink Ivory wood, a sacred wood of Zulu chiefs in Southern Africa, has long been treasured as a rare wood. At one time, it was said to be rarer than diamonds. The wood grows in various parts of Africa, and takes hundreds of years to reach a size suitable to make a bowl blank. It has a very fine grain and takes as high a polish as you would like to give it. Finishes that block UV light can be advantageous, since sunlight will gradually darken the wood. A fantastic ornamental turning wood. Very hard and heavy with the ability to take very fine details.

Pink Ivory Wood

Pink Ivory Wood

Purpleheart

Origin: Central & South America

Purpleheart is an extremely dense and water-resistant wood. It is ranked one of the hardest and stiffest of the woods in the world. Some people claim it is so durable that it can be used as truck decking. The trees are prized for their beautiful heartwood which, when cut, quickly turns from a light brown to a rich purple color. Purpleheart is highly desired by hobbyists and craftsmen who use the hard heavy wood in small projects. It is found in the rain forests of Brazil, Guyana and Suriname.

Purpleheart

Purpleheart

Snakewood

Origin: South America

Snakewood is an exotic wood known technically as piratinera guianensis, snakewood comes from a small, relatively rare tree found in the forests of Central and South America. Initially deep red in color, snakewood changes its stripes (so to speak) upon being exposed to air, which makes the wood eventually turn reddish brown. Snakewood is an extremely dense hardwood.

Snakewood

Snakewood

Zebrawood

Origin: Western Africa

Zebrawood is an exotic wood native to the Western African countries of Cameroon and Gabon. It is a hard wood, with a medium to coarse texture. The Zebra-like appearance is due to the light colored sapwood in contrast with the dark colored grain.

Zebrawood

Zebrawood

Ziricote

Origin: Central America

Ziricote is an exotic wood native to the Central American countries of Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico. It is a hard, dense wood, with a medium texture. The color ranges from reddish brown to dark brown with unusual black streaks. Ziricote is excellent for wood turning and carving, as well as knife handles, furniture, and cabinets. It works very nicely and finishes well to a high luster.

Ziricote

Ziricote