Hardwood & Origins
I have always liked bright vibrant colors. I see pictures in my minds’ eye that I want to create and these pictures have bright and unusual shapes, sized and colors. I also like things that come from faraway. That is the main reason I choose exotic hardwoods. Nothing in life has to be boring.
The Hard White Maple tree grows in Northeas tern USA & Canada.
Light to dark brown or chocolate brown. A moderate sized tree reaching about 100 feet and producing a trunk up to 60'' in diameter. The Walnu t tree grows in Mid and Eastern United States and Canada
West Africa. Tree Size: 150 ft tall, 4-5 ft trunk diameter. Color/Appearance: Heartwood is a light brown or cream color with dark blackish brown streaks vaguely resembling a zebra’s stripes.
South America (from Panama down to sou thern Brazil.) Tree Size: 100 ft tall, 2-3 ft tru nk diameter. Canarywood is an exotic wood that is yell ow to orange in color, typically variegated with li ght to dark red streaking.
Tropical South America Tree Size: 50 ft tall, 2-3 ft trunk diameter. Color/Appearance: Ha s a very conspicuous flecking that gives this wood its namesake. The wood itself is a reddish brown with grey or light brown rays, which result in a lace pa ttern.
Central and South America (from Mexico down to southern Brazil). Tree Size: 100-170 ft tall, 3-5 ft . trunk diameterColor/Appearance: When freshly cut the heartwood of Purpleheart is a dul l grayish/purplish brown. Upon exposure the wood beco mes a deeper eggplant purple. With further age and exposure to UV light, the wood becomes a dark b rown with a hint of purple.
Equatorial Africa. Tree Size: 130-150 ft tall, 3-6 ft trunk diameter. Color/Appearance: Heartwood ranges from a pinkish red to a darker red dish brown with darker purple or black streaks.
Africa (Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Mozambique , Tanzania, Zaire).Tree Size: 60-90 ft tall, 3-4 f t trunk diameter. Color/Appearance: Heartwood is a ve ry dark brown with black streaks. Upon application of a wood finish (particularly an oil-finish) the w ood can become nearly black.