Natural Woods

 

African Blackwood: Africa, Janka Hardness 3670. Often completely black or very dark brown, with little or no discernible grain. Occasionally slightly lighter, with a dark brown or purplish hue. The pale yellow sapwood is usually very thin, and is clearly demarcated from the darker heartwood.

 

Bocote: Mexico and South America, Janka Hardness 2010. It is quite dense, nearing the density of some rosewoods but its hardness is tied with Hard maple.  It has a lovely character and tight grained pieces exhibit a beautiful pattern of stripes and eyes. 

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Box Elder Burl: North America, Janka Hardness 720. A member of the maple family.  This wood is light in colour and takes dye stabilizing very well. A naturally stabilized piece has a look similar to marble. 

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Brazilian Lacewood: South America, Janka Hardness 710. Has very conspicuous flecking that gives this wood its namesake. The wood itself is a reddish brown with grey or light brown rays, which result in a lace pattern when quartersawn. 

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Bubinga: Africa, Janka Hardness 2410. Heartwood ranges from a pinkish red to a darker reddish brown with darker purple or black streaks. Sapwood is a pale straw color and is clearly demarcated from the heartwood. 

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Chechen Rosewood: Dominican Republic, Jamacia, Cuba, Janka Hardness 2250. Heartwood color is highly varied, with red, orange, and brown contrasted with darker stripes of blackish brown. Color tends to shift to a darker reddish brown with age. Well defined sapwood is a pale yellow.

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Cocobolo: Central America, Janka Hardness 2960. Cocobolo can be in a range of different colors, ranging from yellow, orange, red, and shades of brown with streaks of black or purple. This is a naturally oily wood that takes on a beautiful polish when buffed.

 

East Indian Rosewood: India, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia, Janka Hardness 2440. The heartwood of East Indian 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.

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Katalox: Southern Mexico, Central America, and northern South America, Janka Hardness 3660. Heartwood is dark reddish brown to nearly black, sometimes with a strong purple hue. Sapwood is sharply demarcated and is pale yellowish white. Pieces with curly or wavy grain are not uncommon. An oily wood that polishes extremely well with buffing.

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Padauk: Central and tropical west Africa, Janka Hardness 1970. Heartwood color can vary, ranging from a pale pinkish orange to a deep brownish red. Most pieces tend to start reddish orange when freshly cut, darkening substantially over time to a reddish/purplish brown (some lighter pieces age to a grayish brown).

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Purple Heart: Central and South America, Janka Hardness 2520. When freshly cut the heartwood of Purpleheart is a  dull grayish/purplish brown. Upon exposure, the wood becomes a deeper eggplant purple. With further age and exposure to UV light, the wood becomes a dark brown with a hint of purple.

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Thuya Burl: Morocco, Janka Hardness 1160. Color is generally an orangish or reddish brown. Color tends to darken with age to a medium to dark reddish brown.

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Wenge: Central Africa, Janka Hardness 1930. Heartwood is medium brown, sometimes with a reddish or yellowish hue, with nearly black streaks. Upon application of a wood finish (particularly an oil finish) the wood can become nearly black.

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Yellow Box Burl: Eastern Australia, Janka Hardness 2920. Heartwood ranges from light pink to golden brown. Pale gray sapwood is sharply demarcated from heartwood.

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Stabilized Woods

 

The stabilizing process consists of taking natural wood, drying them of all moisture and impregnating them with resin.  This creates a wood that is resistant to moisture and expansion or shrinkage.  Dyes can also be used for a more dramatic effect.

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