Hardwoods Page

Listed below are descriptions and accompanying pictures of the different hardwoods that we use for our products. As time goes on there will probably be more types of hardwood added, so be sure to check back to find out more about what's available.

Birdseye Maple: Found sporatically throughout North American and Canadian sugar maple trees it is one of the more unusual varieties of figured maple. To this day it's still unkown what causes this truly unique and beautiful grain pattern in the wood which resembles small swirling bird-like eyes. Like tiger maple and other forms of highly figured wood it tends to be much more difficult to work with and to bring out the figure to its fullest.

BloodwoodBloodwood: Found in tropical areas of South America it has a deep crimson red color and is a very dense and smooth wood. It has been sometimes hailed as cardinal wood for its semblance in color to the majestic avian.

Bocote: Found in Mexico, central America, and the West Indies it has an often times striking grain mixing black, browns, tans, and yellows in curved and swirling patterns. The resonance quality of the wood has made it popular for use in drums and other instruments.

Bolivian Rosewood: Found in Brazil and Bolivia it is a dense smooth hardwood with a mix of black, purples, reds, browns, and tan colors mixed in a light wavy grain. It is harder and lighter colored than standard rosewoods, but shares the same associated allergen problems experienced by some.

Brown EbonyBrown Ebony: Found in South America it is a very dense and hard wood similar to regular ebony but brown in color with contrasting light and dark streaks.

Bubinga: Found in tropical regions of Africa and South America its color ranges from pinkish red to reddish brown with occasional purple or black streaks. It is often used as an alternative to rosewood and can have occurrances of high figuring in the wood making it popular for decorative work. It is fairly dense and naturally oily.

Cocobolo: Found throughout Central America it is a very dense and smooth wood with a mix of dark reds, oranges, and browns in swirling patterns. By nature it is a very oily wood and polishes to a luster. It is growing in popularity as a tone wood due to having similar tonal properties as rosewood but with a superior appearance. It should be noted that some people have experienced allergies to this wood.

DogwoodDogwood: Found throughout the eastern US it is a very hard and dense wood that takes a fine finish, and as such has been popularly used in mountain dulcimers, tool handles, canes, bows, golf club heads, and more.

Tiger MapleCurly Maple: Found sporatically throughout North American and Canadian sugar maple trees, it occurs only in a small percentage of all maples and has a very striking appearance. It is sometimes referred to as flamed, rippled, tiger or tiger striped, or distressed maple. Great care has to be taken to properly bring out the beautiful and dinstinct stripes of this prized North American hardwood.

Ebony: Found in southern India, Sri Lanka, western Africa, and Indonesia the name applies to several species with dense black wood that posess a fine texture and take a smooth matte finish when polished. It is considered a very ornamental wood and has been used in the production of fine carvings and used in musical instruments and instrument parts such as piano and harpsichord keys, cello fingerboards, and more. As a whole the wood tends to be more brittle than African Blackwood.

Goncalo Alves: Found in neotropical forests in South America it is a very hard and dense wood that has rich contrasting colors of reddish browns and tans and has a natural luster.

GrenadilloGrenadillo: Found in Latin and South America it is a dense reddish-brown hardwood with occasional streaks of violet, orange, and beige. It has been growing popular as a substitute for both rosewood and cocobolo for those with an allergy to either. It is also becoming one of the tonewoods of choice for the xylophone and marimba instruments due to its bright sound.

Lignum VitaeLignum Vitae: Latin for "Wood of Life" several species fall under the name, with Verawood or Argentine lignum vitae being one of the better known types. It has also been refererred to as Ironwood and is the most dense hardwood known. It is very oily and has a somehwat waxy feel to it that takes an excellent polish.

MopaniMopani: Found in the hot and dry areas of southern Africa it is one of the heaviest and hardest woods. It has been growing in favor for musical instruments due to its rich and warm tone as well as the more limited availability of African blackwood. It has a rich golden reddish-brown color to it and takes a fine polish.

Padauk: Found in Africa and Asia it is a very tough and stable wood with a vibrant redish-orange color to it. It can sometimes be compared to rosewood with less figured grain but much brighter color.

Tamboti: Found in warmer areas of southern African it is a dense and heavy wood that blends wavy reddish browns with darker streaks of color. It is very oily and has a very spicy and sweet fragrance to it.

Osage OrangeOsage Orange: Found along the Red River of the southwestern Unites States it is a heavy and close-grained wood that is prized for tool handles, fence posts, bows, and more. It has yellow and orange colorings that darken to rich browns and dark oranges over time.