Amboyna is the name given to Burr woods taken typically from the Narra and Burma Padauk species. The name is derived from the Ambon Island where the wood is thought to have been originally exported from. It is one of the most sought after burr woods, and has a rich red/brown colour. There are also golden variants.
Ash has a light to medium brown colour, with a medium/coarse texture. Typically straight grain pattern. Where possible, we will always use locally sourced Ash in our products.
Bocote is an exotic wood coming from Mexico/South America. It has a yellow/brown body with dramatic dark brown to almost black stripes. The colour can darken with age. The grain pattern can be striking,making it an excellent choice for our products.
Bubinga can range in colour from pink/red to darker browns and can often be quite figured. It is a very popular African hardwood and is loved as much for it's name as it is for the wood's character.
Buckeye Burr (Stabilized)
Buckeye originates from the USA. In Burr form, it is a highly valued timber due to the light-to-dark knot clusters and unique black discolourations. This wood comes in Stabilized forms meaning that it is injected with resin. This wood makes a truly spectacular pen.
Chamfuta is a light red-brown exotic wood and quickly matures to warm darker colours after working. Originates from Mozambique in Africa. Used to make dug out canoes in Africa and an infusion of the roots is said to provide a remedy for bilharzia.
Colour can range from yellow through to brown with blackish streaks. One of the most prized timbers today due to its outstanding colour and patterns.
An Australian native tree, and mostly available in Burr (burl) form. Colour can vary from pink/brown to dark red/brown.
Heartwood is generally dark brown, almost black with straightish grain pattern. It finishes to a very smooth surface.
Irish Bog Oak
Bog Oak is not a specific tree species, but is a term used to designate oak that has been buried in a peat bog for a considerable time. The extremely low oxygen conditions of the bog protect the wood from normal decay, while the underlying peat provides acidic conditions where iron salts and other minerals react with the tannins in the wood, gradually giving it a distinct dark brown to almost black colour. We recommend a wax finish on Bog Oak as our clear coat will fill in the grain.
Lignum Vitae has a very unique colour, ranging from olive to dark/green brown shades. Colour will tend to darken with age. Naturally it is an oily wood allowing it to be highly polished. It origniates from Central and South America and is the heaviest and hardest wood in the world. Its name is Latin and means Tree of Life in reference to the many medicinal uses.
Mallee (red or brown) is sourced from Australia, and the heartwood can range from pink to orange/red/brown colour. It is normally in burr form making it full of character. Mallees are the main vegetation throughout semi-arid areas of Australia.
Maple colour typically varies from light gold to almost white, and has a fairly straight grain pattern. Locally sourced when possible.
A firm favourite for a variety of applications, oak normally has a light to medium brown colour, commonly with an olive cast. Oak is strong, beautiful, rot-resistant, easy-to-work, and economical, representing an exceptional value to woodworkers.
Olivewood can add real character to an item. It has been used since ancient times for small wooden-ware objects, spoons, bowls, boxes, carvings, turnings, inlays and small decorative items. Colour is usually cream or yellowish brown, with darker brown or black contrasting streaks. Colour tends to deepen with age. Olive is sometimes figured with curly or wavy grain, burl, or wild grain.
Central and west African origin, the colour of Padauk generally varies from pale pink/orange to deep brown/red. Tends to darken to a red/purple brown.
Palm (Red or Black)
Palm wood has black fibres within a light tan body. Palm is neither a hardwood or a softwood, and is a monocot timber. It originates from the tropics of Asia and Africa.
Pink Ivory ranges in colour from pale brownish pink to a deep red. The trees are said to be valuable and rarer than diamonds.
Note that pink ivory can loose its colour with age.
After cutting, exposure will turn this wood to a deeper eggplant purple. As it ages, it will turn to a dark brown with a hint of purple.
Originates from central and southern America
Originating from India, Rosewood takes its name from the sweet smell that the wood can exude for many years. Rosewood can vary from a golden brown to a deep purplish brown, with darker brown streaks. The wood darkens with age, usually becoming a deep brown.
Spalting is a term used to describe the process by which certain fungi grow on dead or fallen trees and after colonizing the wood via travelling up the wood cells from the ends or from broken off branches, leave a most attractive pattern. The process takes 2 to 3 years to reach the ideal stage to cut & season the timber. This causes black lines to appear, which combine with the typically pale cream colour, to create a most attractive wood.
Spalted Hackberry (Stabilized)
Hackberry colour ranges from light brown to grey. In spalted form will show blue/grey staining. It has an appearance similar to Ash. This wood comes in Stabilized forms meaning that it is injected with resin.
Spalted Tamerind (Stabilized)
Tamerind is a tropical tree, and the heartwood is deep red/brown. However, the heartwood is very narrow and therefore the wood is more commonly seen in sapwood form, with light to golden browns. Tamerind is very prone to spalting. The trees are more commonly planted for their fruit and as ornaments, not wood.
Colour is normally orange to reddish brown. Wood is normally taken from the root of the tree.
Colours can range from a lighter pale brown to a dark chocolate brown with darker brown streaks. Colour can also have a grey, purple, or reddish cast.
Wenge comes from central Africa, and is very dark brown with black steaks.
Yew has an orange/brown colour to the heartwood and a yellow/tan colour to the sapwood. Yew was traditionally used for bows due to its strength and flexibility characteristics. It is perhaps the hardest of all softwoods.
Zebrawood gets its name from the black/brown streaks vaguely resembling a zebra's stripes. The heartwood itself is a light brown colour and the wood can have a fantastic grain pattern.
This list is only a small selection of the woods that we have available. If there is a particular wood that you would like that is not shown here, Contact Us and we'll get it!