TYPES OF WOOD AVAILABLE 

AFRICAN BLACKWOOD
AFRICAN BLACKWOOD

AFRICAN BLACKWOOD is an exotic wood native to Eastern Africa, and is also known as Mozambique Ebony or Senegal Ebony. It features a dark brown, even purplish heartwood with dark streaks. It is an extremely hard wood, strong and stiff, very stable, with a fine texture. Mainly used for custom pool cues, woodwind instruments, knife handles, walking sticks, and carving. African Blackwood is considered one of the world's finest woods for turning. It polishes very well to a smooth, lustrous finish.

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AFRICAN MAHOGANY
AFRICAN MAHOGANY

African Mahogany is an exotic wood with a deep reddish brown color. The grain can be straight, but is typically interlocking. Working this wood is generally easy but tearing can occur when planing. It often has a shimmering figure. African Mahogany is popular for furniture, cabinetry, joinery, boat building and veneers.

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AFROMOSIA
AFROMOSIA

Heavy, dense wood with medium stiffness and resistance to shock loads. Bending and crushing strength are high, but it can distort when steamed. Glues well, and takes an excellent finish.

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AMBOYNA BURL
AMBOYNA BURL

One of the most splendid burls, Amboyna Burl is an exotic wood that is one of about 60 in the Pterocarpus genus, which is reported to consist of small to large trees distributed throughout the tropics. Pterocarpus indicus is reported to be indigenous to Malaysia, but is also found in the Philippines, Borneo, Burma, New Guinea, and the Malay Archipelago. The bending strength of air-dried wood of the species is similar to that of Teak, which is considered to be strong. Strength in compression para

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AMAZON ROSEWOOD
AMAZON ROSEWOOD

Dalbergia spruceana is a true Rosewood, and is regarded as the best alternative to Brazilian Rosewood. It is a dense wood, so it is perfect for pool cues and musical instruments. This species is rare, but is not listed as being endangered.

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AFZELIA BURL
AFZELIA BURL

Afzelia Burl can be machined well and will have some dulling effects on your blades. It can attain a high polish.

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ANGELIM PEDRA
ANGELIM PEDRA

Angelim Pedra is a dense, durable hardwood native to Brazil. It has good rot resistance and is often found in decking or other outdoor applications. The unique streaks of darker color throughout make it desirable for furniture and other woodworking projects

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BIRDEYE MAPLE
BIRDEYE MAPLE

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.

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BLACK AND WHITE EBONY
BLACK AND WHITE EBONY

Black and White Ebony is an exotic wood with color that is reported to vary with species, usually uniformly black with light-colored bands, pale to medium brown zones, or with marked contrast between almost white and black wood. The black heartwood is reported to be more brittle than the lighter colored sapwood.

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BLACK PALM
BLACK PALM

Black Palm is an exotic wood that is hard and dense, with stringy type grain. Somewhat difficult to machine, needs sharp tools, distinctive end grain.

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BLOODWOOD
BLOODWOOD

Bloodwood is an exotic wood that is sometimes referred to as cardinal wood, for its obvious beautiful deep rose color. With age it's 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.

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BOCOTE
BOCOTE

Bocote is an exotic wood native to Mexico, Central America, and the West Indies. It features a wide range of grain patterns from straight to wild, with curved lines and swirls. The color ranges from golden brown to tan to golden yellow. It is a hard, heavy, and dense wood, strong and stiff, with a medium texture. Mainly used for custom pool cues, cabinetry, veneer, furniture, inlays, knife handles, and pens. It polishes well with wax or polyurethane, and will take a moderately high natural gloss

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BOLIVIAN ROSEWOOD
BOLIVIAN ROSEWOOD

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 i

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BRAZILLIAN EBONY
BRAZILLIAN EBONY

Brazilian Ebony, Swartzia tomentosa, is a hard and heavy wood with a straight grain. It gets the name ebony for its (nearly) black color, but a distinct grain pattern is still easily seen with the naked eye. It typically has a bright yellow-orange color when first cut but after oxidation takes on a darker less bold appearance.

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BROWN EBONY
BROWN EBONY

Brown ebony is an exotic wood with very similar properties to Gaboon Ebony. The wood is a stable, intriguing wood with golden browns and dark streaks. Popular for joinery, musical instruments, and other decorative woodworking.

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BROWN MALE BURL
BROWN MALE BURL

Brown Mallee Burls are harvested in dry regions of southeastern Australia from small to medium-sized trees that are sometimes considered shrubs. Lumber is generally not available from these species of Eucalyptus, but the burls are prized for their unique figure and color.

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BUBINGA
BUBINGA

Bubinga is an exotic wood from Central Africa. It is initially pinky-red, but darkens with age. It is popular for tool handles, decorative veneers, turnery, boatbuilding, knife handles, and can be used as an alternative to rosewood.

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BUCKEYE BURL
BUCKEYE BURL

Buckeye Burl grows throughout most of the eastern US and in California on the Buckeye tree. It is relatively soft and light in weight. The Burl is incredibly beautiful - containing burl clusters, amazing color variation, and great character. Colors can range from golden yellow to brown with blackish-blue and even red accents. It is highly sought after for a wide variety of turning projects as well as knife handles and guitars.

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KINGWOOD
KINGWOOD

Camatillo, also known as Mexican Kingwood, has purplish heartwood and creamy white sapwood. It is very hard and dense and takes a high natural polish.

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CHAKTE VIGA
CHAKTE VIGA

Chakte Viga is a tropical hardwood from Mexico. The heartwood color varies slightly from pale to rich reddish orange. Chakte Viga is sometimes referred to as Paela. The grain is typically straight, but can interlocking. It is reported to have good tonal qualities and is popular in both instrument building and wood turning. The wood can darken with exposure to light.

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CHECHEN
CHECHEN

Chechen is an exotic Mexican wood with a wide range of color variation from dark chocolate to light butterscotch colors. Chechen has an irregular grain pattern, and coupled with the color variety it makes fantastic finished pieces. Chechen is also hard and dense, which allows the wood to polish to a high sheen without effort.

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CHERRY BURL
CHERRY BURL

Cherry Burl is a domestic wood that is usually considered to be in the same class as mahogany for usage in the United States. It is described as wood for fine furniture. The stiff and strong wood is reported to work easily with both hand and machine tools. European and American black cherries are reported to be comparable in many aspects, but the latter is more plentiful. Both species are reported to be strong and tough and have been compared in strength properties to Yellow birch, and compares

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COCOBOLA
COCOBOLA

Cocobolo is an exotic wood native to Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua, and is favored for custom pool cues, fine furniture and cabinetry, inlays, and musical instruments. The wood is very durable and strong, with a fine texture. It is extremely beautiful, ranging in color from dark red to reddish brown, with an irregular grain pattern. Cocobolo has fantastic working characteristics, making it a favorite for turning and carving, and finishes very smoothly.

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CUMARU
CUMARU

Wood of the species Dipteryx odorata is most commonly called Cumaru among most woodworkers, though it is sometimes referred to as Brazilian Teak as well: primarily when used as hardwood flooring. Cumaru is also called by the name Tonka Bean, and the tree is commonly cultivated for its vanilla-cinnamon scented seed the tonka bean which contains a chemical compound called coumarin. Cumaru lumber is extremely stiff, strong, and hard, lending itself well to a variety of applications. It is sometimes

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EAST INDIAN ROSEWOOD
EAST INDIAN ROSEWOOD

East Indian Rosewood is an exotic wood native to the Southern India peninsula, and is prized for its use in custom pool cues, furniture, and cabinetry. The color varies from golden brown to dark purple brown, with a unique striped figure. It is hard and dense, with a coarse texture and good stability. Although moderately difficult to machine or work with hand tools, East Indian Rosewood is excellent for wood turning and veneer, and finishes extremely well.

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EBIARA RED ZEBRA WOOD
EBIARA RED ZEBRA WOOD

Ebiara (also known as Red Zebrawood) is a species native to Africa. It is mainly used in cabinetry, furniture and to make musical instruments. Just like Zebrawood, it has a light colored sapwood in contrast with the dark colored grain.

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ENGLISH BROWN OAK
ENGLISH BROWN OAK

ENGLISH BROWN OAK This is a hard, heavy, dense wood. It has a very high crushing and bending strength, and is very good for steam bending. It will have a moderate to severe blunting effect on tools. Good for gluing, painting, sanding, staining and varnishing, it takes a high polish. The tannin content may corrode ferrous metals

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FIGURED BUBINGA
FIGURED BUBINGA

Figured Bubinga is an exotic wood native to Africa, and is very similar to rosewood. The wood is hard, with a reddish brown color, and lustrous figure. Some of the wood features darker grain striping. Bubinga has good working characteristics, making it a favorite for turning and carving, furniture, veneer, and cabinetry. It has a fine texture and finishes very smoothly, with a lustrous and almost glassy look.

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FIGURED KATALOX
FIGURED KATALOX

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.

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FIGURED MANGO
FIGURED MANGO

Mango is an eco-friendly wood native to Hawaii. Similar to Olivewood, Mango trees are often harvested for lumber after they stop bearing fruit. Heartwood is usually golden-brown, but streaks of color can be found such as pink, yellow, and even black. The wood is often figured with curly grain and sometimes contains spalting.

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FIGURED PURPLEHEART
FIGURED PURPLEHEART

Figured Purpleheart is an exotic wood with mechanical properties of the wood similar to those of Greenheart and Oak. It is reported to have exceptional tolerance for shock loading. Purpleheart is highly desired by hobbyists and craftsmen who use the hard heavy wood in small projects

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FIGURED ZEBRA WOOD
FIGURED ZEBRA WOOD

Figured 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 is excellent for wood turning, veneer, furniture, pens, and knife handles. It works and finishes fairly, and has good gluing properties.

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GABOON EBONY
GABOON EBONY

Gaboon Ebony is an exotic wood native to Western Africa. It is an extremely hard, dense, and heavy wood, with a very fine texture. The sapwood is pink to pale red-brown in color, while the heartwood is a uniform jet-black or black-brown streaked. Gaboon Ebony is somewhat difficult to work with hand and machine tools, but is excellent for wood turning and carving, as well as inlays, tool and knife handles, door knobs, piano and organ keys, and instrument wood. It takes an excellent polish.

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GENUINE MAHOGANY
GENUINE MAHOGANY

Mahogany is an exotic wood that varies considerably in color. It may be yellowish, reddish, pinkish, or salmon colored when freshly cut, maturing into a deep rich red or brown color with age. Exposure to strong sunlight may cause some fading. The wide variability in color has enabled many look-alike species to be marketed as mahogany. Mahogany is very popular and is often used as the standard when describing other species. Hardness and weight are rated as moderate, and density is high.

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GONCALO ALVES
GONCALO ALVES

Goncalo Alves is native to South America and ranges in color from light to deep reddish-brown. It is very hard and naturally rot resistant.

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GRANADILLO
GRANADILLO

Granadillo is an exotic wood that is bright red to reddish or purplish brown, with rather distinct stripes. The sapwood is clearly distinct from the heartwood, and is almost white in color. It is hard and superior to Teak and probably Mahogany. The wood is exceptionally heavy. It weighs much more than Hard maple or Teak in the green or seasoned condition. The density of the wood is very high.

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GREY BOX BURL
GREY BOX BURL

Grey Box Burls are harvested in southeastern Australia from medium sized trees in the Eucalyptus family. Lumber is heavy, dense, and rot resistant - used for outdoor projects such as fence posts and bridge parts. Grey Box Burls are prized for their unique figure and color.

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GUANACASTE PAROTA
GUANACASTE PAROTA

Guanacaste is a large tree that grows throughout Central America. It works well with machine and hand tools. Due to the large tree diameter, live-edge slabs are often available for table tops, mantles, and other large projects. This hardwood has good gluing and finishing properties, as well as being quite durable.

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HONDURAS ROSEWOOD
HONDURAS ROSEWOOD

Honduras Rosewood is an exotic wood with pinkish brown or purplish with darker and lighter bands. The combination of colors and streaks gives the wood a very attractive appearance Honduras rosewood is reported to be denser and tougher than Brazilian rosewood. Its strength properties are rated as less than outstanding, and it is usually used in applications where qualities other than strength are more desired

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HONDURAS ROSEWOOD BURL
HONDURAS ROSEWOOD BURL

Honduras Rosewood is an exotic wood with pinkish brown or purplish with darker and lighter bands. The combination of colors and streaks gives the wood a very attractive appearance Honduras rosewood is reported to be denser and tougher than Brazilian rosewood. Its strength properties are rated as less than outstanding, and it is usually used in applications where qualities other than strength are more desired

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INDIAN EBONY
INDIAN EBONY

Indian Ebony is an exotic wood native to southern India and Sri Lanka. It is an extremely hard, dense, and heavy wood, with a very fine texture. The heartwood is a uniform jet-black or black-brown streaked. Indian Ebony is somewhat difficult to work with hand and machine tools, but is excellent for wood turning and carving, as well as inlays, tool and knife handles, door knobs, piano and organ keys, and instrument wood. It takes an excellent polish.

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JARRAH BURL
JARRAH BURL

Jarrah Burl has a reddish brown appearance that darkens through oxidation. Its appearance makes it highly sought after by wood turners.

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KATALOX
KATALOX

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.

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KINGWOOD
KINGWOOD

Kingwood is an exotic wood that is light to dark violet brown with lighter and darker stripes of purple. Also called Violet wood or Violeta. 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 comes from Brazil

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KOA
KOA

Koa is a wood native to Hawaii and is commonly used to make musical instruments, cabinets and different carvings. Koa is similar to Mahogany in terms of color. You will find that Koa is fairly easy to work with and that it finishes quite well.

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LEOPARD WOOD
LEOPARD WOOD

Leopardwood is an exotic wood with dark reddish-brown color with strong broad rays. This material is straight grained with medium texture. The highly flecked decorative surface makes this wood ideal for furniture and accent work.

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LIGNUM VITAE ( ARGENTINA )
LIGNUM VITAE ( ARGENTINA )

Lignum Vitae (Argentine) is an exotic wood, yet is native to the West Indies and the tropical regions of the Americas. It is a very hard, dense, and heavy wood, with a fine texture. The heartwood color ranges from a dark greenish brown to black. Lignum Vitae is excellent for wood turning, as well as being used for bearings, bushings, some marine applications, and mallet heads. It has an oily to waxy character and takes a high polish.

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LIGNU VITAE ( GENUINE )
LIGNU VITAE ( GENUINE )

Lignum Vitae (Genuine) is an exotic wood native to the tropical regions of the Americas. It is a very hard, dense, and heavy wood, with a fine texture. The heartwood color ranges from a dark greenish brown to black. Lignum Vitae is excellent for wood turning, as well as being used for bearings, bushings, some marine applications, and mallet heads. It has an oily to waxy character and takes a high polish.

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