Red brown to deep purple brown, fine textured and beautifully marked, showing much of the character.
This wood is used a lot for cabinetry and architectural woodworking.
Botanical name: Dalbergia Latifolia Origin: South India, Burma, Indonesia
Heartwood varies in colour from golden brown to dark purple brown, sometimes with a whole variety of greys, reds and browns. Darker purple streaks give an attractive figure; Grain can vary from fine to medium.
It was used a lot during Art deco period as well in 1950-1960’s. Nowadays is often used for fine wall panelling and cabinets.
Botanical name: Platanus Origin: Europe, Middle East
It has orangey brown to light reddish colour. It gives an interesting pattern and decorative figure especially when a true quarter cut is used, the wood rays are sliced into elliptical shapes which create undulating light and shadowy reflections typical of "lacewood".
Botanical name: Cedrus Libani Origin: North Africa, Middle East
It is an evergreen coniferous tree with pale to golden yellow color. It is mainly quarter cut and used for fine wall panelling and other interior decoration.
Botanical name: Juglans regia Origin: Central, Western and Southern Europe, North Africa, Asia
Heartwood brown with a greyish-brown background, often with irregular dark streaks and wavy grain. Also available as highly-figured veneer. A superb cabinet wood that works easily.
It is used a lot in lumber and veneer for XVI and XVII century cabinets reproduction.
Botanical name: Juglans Nigra Origin: North America
Its colour is darker than European walnut and its grain is much more open.
Botanical name: Acer Pseudoplatanus Origin: Central and Western Europe
Colour – white to light yellow. It is widely used for architectural wood work and furniture.
It was very popular during Art deco period.
Yew tree (European)
Botanical name: Taxus Baccata Origin: France, UK
Small coniferous trees, they are relatively slow growing and can be very long-lived.
Yew's heartwood ranges in colour from an orange brown to a golden orange often streaked with purple, mauve and brown.
Wenge is a very striking dark and large-pored wood with a prominent two-tone appearance. It is particularly attractive looking when it is flat cut.
Botanical name: Cordia Cebestena Origin: Guyana, Equator, Brazil
The look of the wood is determined by its uniform medium brown to purple brown colors which are streaked by dark brown to almost black stripes on the radial surfaces and marked by pretty figures on the tangential surface.
Dyed in brown reddish it looks like Rio rosewood.
Botanical name: Diplotropis Purpurre Origin: South America
Freshly cut heartwood is generally chocolate brown, sometimes reddish, turning to a lighter brown when dry, occasionally greyish brown, with fine lighter parenchyma stripes. Sometimes has a kind of waxy look. Sapwood is white to yellow and well demarcated.
It was very popular during Art-deco period.
Botanical name: pseudo acacia Origin: Europe, North America, North Africa
It is greyish when freshly cut but turning to nice golden brown when ageing.