Wood Stories

A selection of woods I use in my pieces.

Subject to availability. Price range indicated by $ - $$$.

African Blackwood (Dalbergia melanoxylon)

a.k.a. Mpingo

$$

Colour: black

Origin: Dry savanna regions of central and southern Africa

African Padauk (Pterocarpus soyauxii)

a.k.a. Vermillion

Valued for musical instruments such as drums and stringed instruments for its tonal qualities. $

Colour: vibrant red orange

Origin: Central and tropical west Africa

Alaskan Yellow Cedar (Cupressus nootkatensis)

a.k.a. Nootka Cypress

The Nootka name comes from the Nuu-chah-nulth people of Canada. $$

Colour: yellow, sometimes spotted

Origin: Northwest coast of North America

Amazon Rosewood (Dalbergia spruceana)

Often used as a substitute for the endangered Brazilian Rosewood. $$$

Colour: medium purple brown

Origin: Brazil, Venezuela, and Bolivia

American Beech (Fagus grandifolia)

$

Colour: pale brown

Origin: Eastern United States

Banksia (Banksia grandis)

Banksia Pods originate from the Bull Banksia tree. The Banksia seeds are feasted on by nectarivorous birds such as the Red Capped Parrot. $$$

Colour: medium brown with dark hollow seed holes

Origin: Australia

Black Ash (Fraxinus nigra)

$$

Colour: pale yellow brown

Origin: Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada

Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)

a.k.a. American Cherry

Black Cherry deepens to a red brown with age, bringing out more detail in the grain. $

Colour: light reddish brown and light yellow brown

Origin: Eastern North America

Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)

a.k.a. Robinia, False Acacia

The name 'locust' is said to have been given to this tree by vegetarian Jesuits who supposed that John the Baptist ate the fruit of this tree instead of grasshoppers. However, the Black Locust is native to North America, and is considered an invasive species in some areas. $

Colour: light yellow brown

Origin: Central-eastern United States

Black Palm (Borassus flabellifer)

a.k.a. Palmyra Palm

Neither a hardwood nor a softwood, Black Palm is a Monocot. It has no growth rings; the black and yellow pattern is a result of the contrasting hard black fiber and soft yellow cellulose. $$

Colour: black and light yellow patterned

Origin: Tropical Asia and Africa

Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)

Under forest competition, Black Walnut reaches heights of 40 meters, producing long straight grain. The fruit of the Black Walnut was used by early American settlers as a hair dye. $

Colour: light to medium to dark brown

Origin: Eastern United States

Black and White Ebony (Diospyros malabarica)

a.k.a. Pale Moon Ebony

Ebony woods are so dense they will sink in water. $$$

Colour: black with sharply contrasting light streaks

Origin: Laos and southeast Asia

Bloodwood (Brosimum rubescens)

a.k.a. Satine

Bloodwood is extremely dense and retains its color over time. $

Colour: vivid red

Origin: Tropical South America

Blue Mahoe (Talipariti elatum)

Blue Mahoe has a musical quality, and is traditionally used in the crafting of guitars and lutes. The color of the wood is unique and may be gray, green, black, blue, olive brown, and purple all in one small piece. $$

Colour: gray purple

Origin: Native to Cuba and Jamaica; widely planted throughout the Caribbean

Bocote (Cordia spp.)

Bocote smells like dill when worked. $$

Colour: yellow brown with dark whorls and grain

Origin: Mexico and Central/South America

MICAH A. CUTLER

micah@maccarpentry.com

Montréal, Québec

M. A. C. CARPENTRY

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