wood species

Alder

Alder is a hardwood is a closed or tight-grained wood. It has a hardness that is comparable to cherry. Alder is pale pinkinsh-brown to almost white color. Grain can contain mineral streaks, open and closed knots, gum spots and small pin holes that are not defects, but are characteristics of the wood. Soft grain pockets are common and cause blotchy areas that are visible when stain is applied.


Birch (Natural)

Birch is a medium-density hardwood with a subtle grain pattern that ranges from straight to wavy. The predominant sapwood color is white to creamy yellow while the heartwood varies in color from medium or dark brown to reddish brown. Color variations, knots, bird’s eyes (small black dots) and wormholes are examples of its character.

Birch (Select Red)

is a strong, durable, straight-grained wood with a fine uniform texture. The wood is characterized by a plain and often curly or wavy pattern. The red birch is the heartwood.


Cherry

Cherry hardwood is a closed, richly grained wood with a smooth texture. Cherry has pinkish-brown hue and can exhibit shades of white, yellow, red, and brown. Black mineral streaks and gum spots are characteristics of cherry wood. Depending on the amount of exposure to light, the red and brown colors in cherry will darken naturally in a very short period of time.


Hickory (Natural)

Hickory (Natural) hardwood is an open grain wood with excellent resistance to shock. Wild variations in color, grain, and mineral streaks are characteristics of this wood. Hickory has streaks of sap that can exhibit shades of white, yellow red, and brown.


Maple

Maple hardwood is a closed grain wood with smooth, fine grain patterns. Grey mineral streaks commonly occur in maple. The hardwood has excellent resistance to shock.

Quarter Sawn Red Oak

hardwood is a high grade oak. The wood grain is open, but very fine. The fine grain is achieved by quarter sawing making the cut parallel with the medullary ray cells, and preserving them along with the fine grain. Some wide grain will show up with the fine grain. The medullary rays will vary from small to large.

Red Oak

Red Oak

hardwood is a high grade northern red oak. The wood has an open grain which varies from vertical to a sweeping arch pattern. Oak will vary in natural tints and shades of white, pink, gray, and green.


Rustic Alder

Rustic Alder hardwood is a closed or tight grain wood. It has a hardness comparable to cherry. Rustic Alder is pale pinkish-brown to almost white in color. Grain can contain mineral streaks, open and closed knots, gum spots, and small pin holes that are not defects, but are characteristics of the wood. Common are soft grain pockets causing blotchy areas visible when stain is applied.

Rustic Cherry

Rustic Cherry will have a wide color variation, and sap wood will be more prominent. There will be distinctive or “character” spots such as knots and burls. Depending on the amount of exposure to light, the red and brown colors in cherry will darken naturally in a very short period of time.

Walnut

Walnut
has variances of light and dark areas, with darker stains disguising this characteristic more than lighter stains. Walnut will start to change in color within 6 to 12 months, depending on the amount of light in the area.

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