Popular Wood Species

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ALDER, RED

From West Coast America. Lighter when fresh,
darkens & reddens with age. Commercially important, used in plywood, Veneer, instruments, furniture & other.

AMERICAN CHESTNUT

From Eastern U.S.. Very resistant to decay, rare and valuable.

ASH, WHITE

From Eastern N. America. Shock resistant, hard & strong, similar to Oak. Used for flooring, tool handles, crates, baseball bats & more.

BEECH, AMERICAN

From Eastern U.S. Decent hardness, strength & low cost, offering an excellent value. used for flooring, railroad ties, small objects and more.

BIRCH

Perishable & shock resistant. Many types are found in N. & CNT.America, N. Canada, Asia, Iceland & and Greenland. Offers great elasticity.

CATALPA

From N. America, the Caribbean & Asia. Great for carving, holds details well.
Crack resistant.

CEDAR

Many types found around the world, each providing a different use such as; pencils, shingles, humidors & more. Decay resistant with great aroma.

CHERRY, BLACK

From Eastern North America. Very durable and decay resistant. Great to work with. Develops a reddish-brown patina.re.

COCOBOLO

In high demand & limited supply, from C. America. Decay resistant. Used for small specialty objects.

B & W EBONY

Rare, from South & Southeast Asia & Africa, from a very small tree, only small pieces available. Extremely strong. Difficult to work with.

ELM, AMERICAN

Somewhat durable. Greatly destroyed by Dutch elm disease. Used for trim, furniture & more.

HICKORY

From China, Indochina, India, U.S.A, Canada & Mexico. A tough and strong
wood. Very difficult to work.

KOA

From Hawaii. Used in gunstocks, bowls, guitars, and furniture & more. May be rather expensive.

LACEWOOD

From Australia, also grown in S. Africa. Used to describe wood that resembles lace. Used for veneer, fine furniture and more.

LYPTUS

Grown on Brazilian plantations. Somewhat durable.

MAHOGANY, HONDURAN

From Southern Mexico to Central S. America, goes by many names. Cheaper imitations from Philippines. Very durable & a favorite. Used for furniture & more.

MAPPLE

Many types exists, hard & soft. From N. America, Asia, Europe, NW Africa & Central America. Used for shoe lasts, tool handles & farm equipment.

OAK

Mostly found the U.S.. Many types exists & comes in black, red & white colors. Used mostly for making furniture.

OSAGE ORANGE

South Central U.S. Extremely Durable. Used for making archery bows, dye, fence posts & more.

PADAUK

From central & Tropical West Africa, It’s strong & stiff. Has a unique orange reddish color that can be preserved if finished properly.

PINE

Found in many countries & many types available. Harvested for Christmas trees. Used for interior applications & foods.

POPLAR

Found in many countries & many types available. Used for furniture upholstery & more.

PURPLEHEART

From Central & S. America. A very strong wood with no annual rings, grains or rays. An indoor wood used as accents in fine furniture. Has a purplish color.

REDWOOD

From the Northwestern coast of the U.S. Popular use for outdoor furniture, decks, fences and more.

ROSEWOOD

Found in the tropics of the Americas, Southeast Asia, & Madagascar. They are heavy, strong & offer excellent shine. Used for luxury flooring & more.

SASSAFRAS

A native to Eastern North America. Used as drawer siding in dressers, candy flavoring, as s scent in soaps, teas & for folk medicines.

WALNUT, BLACK

A native to North America, one of the most expensive domestic woods. Very strong & durable. Used in fine furniture & more.

YEW

From Northern Iran, Southwest Asia, Western, Central & Southern Europe, & Northwest Africa. Tricky to work with. Good for outdoor projects.