Cherry wood comes from the cherry fruit tree. It is a hardwood, and it is famed for its durability and beautiful color. Cherry wood comes in a variety of colors, including yellow, white, red and dark brown.
Black walnut wood is dark, hard, dense and tight-grained. It's prized by woodworkers for its strength, grain and color. The color ranges from creamy white in the sapwood to a dark chocolate in the heartwood.
Maple is a medium-high density wood. The sapwood is a creamy white with a slight reddish brown tinge. The wood has a close, fine texture and is generally straight-grained.
Poplar is one of the most common utility hardwoods. Its colour is usually tan, but can range from greenish brown to dark green, purple, black, blue and yellow. The wood is straight grained, uniform in texture and moderate to light weight.
Mahogany is the most versatile and durable of all the hardwoods. It is a dark, red-brown colored tropical wood that is resistant to insects and rot, has an attractive grain. Domestic and exotic varieties available.
Birch has a white sapwood and light reddish brown heartwood. The wood is generally straight-grained with a fine, uniform texture, and is generally characterized by a plain, often curly or wavy pattern.
Box Elder (Manitoba Maple) is soft compared to the other maples and has a fairly uniform pale white colour. The sapwood is of a similar colour, and overall the wood is straight grained with a fine even texture.
Red Oak is a lighter wood than white oak that ranges from almost white to a soft amber color. Red Oak has pinkish tones and red hues throughout.
Contrary to what the name suggests, White Oak is a darker wood than Red Oak. The color of White Oak is a mix of browns and tans ranging from dark brown to beige.
Hickory sapwood is white to cream-colored, while the heartwood (wood in the center of the trunk) is tan or reddish brown. Used as a substitute for oak.
Beech is a hard, strong and heavy wood. It has a fine, tight grain and even texture. Beech wood is very light in colour and has a high shock resistance.
Padauk is an exotic wood that is a bright orange or almost crimson wood when freshly cut, but oxidizes to a darker, rich purple-brown over time. Used mostly as an accent.
African Mahogany (Sapele)
Heartwood is a golden to dark reddish brown. Color tends to darken with age. Very dense and beautiful.
Heartwood varies from a light orange brown to a darker reddish brown, sometimes with contrasting darker grayish brown streaks. Color tends darken upon exposure to light. Extremely hard and dense.
When freshly cut the heartwood of Purpleheart is a dull grayish/purplish brown. Upon exposure the wood becomes a deeper eggplant purple. Extremely hard and dense.