Types of Wood
Fine Items made from Fine Wood

Below are some of the woods that I enjoy working with and have used to create beautiful items.
Have a look in Projects to see where I used them, or Gallery for some photos of the end product.

ASH
A light robust wood that has a significant but even grain. It is a strong wood lends its self to modern clean design. Although Ash die back may make availability an issue in future years at present easy to obtain and is reasonably priced.
CHERRY
Cherry is a softer wood. Similar to Maple but where it surpasses Maple is in its variety of colour and grain. It varies from a soft cream to a dark red. Because of its variety of colour it doesn’t make a good wood for contrast. It deserves standing out on its own to show off its character.
MAHOGANY & SAPELE
A fine grained dark red and orange wood that is often used in furniture making. Consistent in grain and texture it lends itself well to tables chairs and the like. Often used in formal furniture settings like offices and boardrooms, its deep rich colour can denote opulence and wealth. It is a non European wood grown in forests in the Far East but is readily available and comes in differing qualities. A good Mahogany, with solid grain and strength, can be significantly more expensive than a cheaper variety of wood like Sapele. Although at a cursory look the wood are very similar but the durability and quality is usually directly proportional to is price.
MAPLE
As mentioned in Cherry Maple is softer wood that can be very pale and is less durable. That said it can have an interesting soft flow of a grain pattern. Used for small pieces or as contrasts in a pieces that uses multiple woods it can give a very attractive effective in highlighting.
OAK
Oak is a very durable and interesting wood. It's mellow colouring with a light fleck and variety of grain patterns, can create beautiful articles. It readily takes wood stains so shades can range from a light oak finish, common in Scandinavian furniture, to a dark oak often seen in old antique English pieces.
The wood is readily available and is usually sourced from Europe although sometimes English oak can be found. Reclaimed oak can also be worked to create unusual articles. Oak from wine barrels often has a hue or staining that gives more character. Sometimes American Red Oak is available, maybe slightly less interesting in its grain pattern and it produces a reddish finish.
OLIVE
Olive is an extremely interesting wood. Rich in grain pattern and natural oils it can make an item look stunning. Often used for small items s large planks are very difficult to find. A relatively hard wood and one that always reminds one of the mediterranean sun and fine food.
POPLAR
This wood is a stable a resilient wood pale in colour with little contrast in grain pattern. Think of the tall poplar trees alongside a rural French road in Provence. Strong hardy and straight. Good for making country furniture and utility items. It is fairly easy to obtain and has its own rural charm.
SPECIALTY WOODS
There are many more woods that can be used in Projects to give interest, colour pattern or contrast. Yew, Chestnut, Cedar to name a few. Mother nature has given us a rich palette to work with and challenge is just to use our imagination.
WALNUT
It is no accident that many highly valued antique pieces of furniture have been made in walnut. European walnut is a wood that has a fine grain which is a pleasure to work. It is a stable wood that when seasoned, does not alter its shape or dimensions. It can have extremely attractive grain patterns which can be laid in a counter posing pattern for a greater effect. European walnut is hard to find and is very expensive, so an acceptable alternative is American Walnut. This is a darker wood but still has the interesting grain and is good to work. It can produce stunning creations.