Woods we love

Woods we love and how we use them!

Wood reflects the natural variety of the cosmos!  The grain patterns, textures, and colors vie with beautiful vistas of landscapes, cloudscapes, sunrises and sunsets as reflections of nature’s beauty. We feel fortunate and grateful that we have chosen wood as our medium.  Not all woods are appropriate for all uses.  Phil & I make a variety of things, and choose from our palette of species with care when making an item from wood. We have included here the common name, the scientific name, and very general ways we use the various woods.

This page is a work in progress, but full  of sample pictures of woods in our workshop.  Every piece of wood is unique, so the pictures are “Examples” and representative of the woods we use.  If you don’t see a sample picture here of a wood species you are interested in – email us, and we will look into the nooks and crannies and see if we have a piece…  You never know!

Please remember that every piece of wood is different. We try to show representative samples of wood, but there are always color and grain differences!

A note… tropical woods are, as we all know, endangered – we purchase ONLY from reputable dealers who follow the laws of the countries in which these woods grow. As of August, 2010, fewer and fewer permits are being “let” to the people who harvest the woods.. We are very concerned about the environment and the health and welfare of the people and the indigenous species in these forests (as well as those in the forests of North America and Europe)..

We will continue to work in the exotic and tropical woods so long as we still have some.  We will not be purchasing any more exotic or endangered woods.  We ,  will continue to work with the woods that grow in the Southern Appalachian Nantahala and Cherokee National Forests which are located in the Southern Appalachian Mountain Chain (Southeast Tennesse and Southwestern North Carolina (where we live). We prefer sustainable harvesting of wood from trees that are taken by storm, drought, and careful management by the Park rangers. We thank you for your support.

Phil & Martha

DOMESTIC WOODS (NORTH AMERICAN)


CHERRY
(Prunus serotina) Eastern Forests, North America
kitchenware, hair accessories,
wooden art boxes, puzzles

HICKORY
(Carya Glabra )North America
kitchen ware, bowls, carvings,
wooden art boxes,
SYCAMORE
(Acer pseudopiatanus)Eastern Forests, N. America

bowls, kitchenware,
wooden art boxes,
Black Walnut
(Jugians nigra) Eastern Forests, N. America

wooden art boxes, bowls, kitchenware, artisan bread boards, hair accessories
MAPLE (Acer macrophyllum)North America

hair accessories , boards, bowls, kitchenware, carvings,
wooden art boxes, puzzles
AMBROSIA BEETLE MAPLE (Acer macrophyllum)
North America, carvings, bowls,
wooden art boxes,
Osage Orange, Bodark, Bois d’Arc,
Horse Apple
golden, grainy – turns golden tan(Maclura pomifera)
wooden art boxes,
Dogwood (Cornus florida)Eastern Forests N. America

hair accessories ,
kitchenware, carving, inlay work.
Ash
(Fraxinus americana)
Kitchenware,
hair accessories ,
wooden art boxes,
puzzles

Apple Wood
(Pyrus malus or communis)
turnings,
wooden art boxes,
hair accessories , kitchen utensils, wooden spoons,

EXOTIC WOODS, ASIAN and AFRICAN

MACASSAR EBONY WOOD
(Diospyros marmorata)Andaman Islands

hair accessories carvings,
wooden art boxes, inlay
PINK IVORY (Berchemia zeyheri)South Africa currently unavailable

hair accessories , inlay
AFRICAN BLACKWOODDalbergia Melanoxylon – Common Name – Mpingo
extremely hard and dense rosewood

hair accessories , inlay, carvings
WENGE (Millentia laurentil)West Africa

hair accessories , furniture,
wooden art boxes, , inlay
BUBINGA (Guibourtia demeusei)Cameroonrosewood

hair accessories ,
wooden art boxes, inlay
Gaboon (Gabon) Ebony (Diospyrus spp.)Gaboon, Southern Nigeria, Cameroon, and Zairehair

hair accessories , inlay, carvings
ZEBRAWOOD (Microberlinia brazzavillenis)West Africa

hair accessories , furniture,
wooden art boxes, inlay
PADOUK (Pterocarpus soyauxii)
Cameroon darkens to a rich deep dark red color

hair accessories ,
wooden art boxes,

EXOTIC WOODS, TROPICAL CENTRAL, N & S AMERICA

BOCOTE (CORDIA) (Cordia elaeagnoides)Mexico

hair accessories , furniture, carvings,
wooden art boxes,
CHAKTE VIGA pernambuco – Central America

wooden art boxes,
hair accessories , inlay, carving
PAU AMERELLO (YELLOWHEART) (Euxiioophora paraensis huber)Brazil, S. America yellow – stays shimmery yellow

hair accessories ,
wooden art boxes, inlay

CARDINAL WOOD (BLOODWOOD) (Brosimum paraense) Central America deep red pink

hair accessories ,
wooden art boxes, inlay
PURPLE HEART (Peltogyne spp.)Central and South America

hair accessories , specialty kitchen,
wooden art boxes, inlay
GONCALO ALVES (Astronium fraxinfolium)S. America – Brazil
hair accessories
wooden art boxes, inlay
MAHOGANY, HONDURAN (Swistenia macrophylla)Tropical Americas (N & S)

hair accessories , kitchenware, bowls, puzzles,
wooden art boxes, inlay
TULIP WOOD (Dalbergia frutesscene)Brazil
hair accessories ,
wooden art boxes, inlay
BOLIVIAN ROSEWOOD (MORADO, MORADILLO)(Dalberia nigra)

hair accessories , carvings,
wooden art boxes,
ZIRICOTE (Cordia dodecandra)Mexico

hair accessories , carvings,
wooden art boxes, inlay
Canarywood (Centrolobium spp.)Central and South America

hair accessories ,
wooden art boxes, inlay
Cocobolo (Dalbergia retusa)Central America from Panama to Mexico

hair accessories , inlay, jewelry,
wooden art boxes, specialty kitchen
Chechen ( Metopium brownei ) Carribean Rosewood


hair accessories , wooden art boxes, carvings
Brazilian Kingwood (Dalbergia cearensis)

hair accessories ,
wooden art boxes, inlay, carvings