About the Woods

These are the project woods that I use. Please check back as I add different wood frequently, or you can contact me if you have a specific wood request.

Beginning on 3/8/04 there will be a $10 additional charge for the use of stabilized wood...this is an expensive (but worthwhile) process that renders the 'softer' woods very stable for processing & use...the wood is virtually impervious to any chemicals, liquids, shrinking, etc. after it has been stabilized. The extra fee is what I am charged for the stabilization services. Please let me know if you have any questions about this process.

Amboyna Burl

Southeast Asia, rare, orange to red with dark eyes. Excellent burl & figure patterns.
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Buckeye Burl

Western United States. Creamy yellow areas with darker blues and shades of grey.
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Chechen Burl (Black Poisonwood)

Mexico. Reddish brown to pinkish brown with dark striping & golden luster. Can have greens as well.

Claro Walnut

California. Claro walnut is an almost luminous marriage of richly figured grain and exquisite color, a living palette of reds, golds, tans, grays, blacks, and browns.
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Cocobolo (Red/Black, shown with sapwood to left)

Central/South America. Normally reds & blacks with various figure/pattern. Selling existing stock (grips are made - see grips page) then will no longer offer this wood due to its toxicity.

Hawaiian Desert Ironwood

Hawaii. Normally will contain more brown tones than picture shows, with very distinct curl throughout. A few small areas may contain spalt with cream & black colors. VERY dense wood. (This is a different type of ironwood and *not* like the #267 Grips on the sold page - which are ARIZONA Desert Ironwood - from www.arizonaironwood.com
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Eastern Half of the United States, England, others. The wood of the American holly is heavy, tough, and close-grained. Color ranges from a pure white to a bone ivory color. Looks very much like natural ivory when finished.


Hawaii. Koa is a highly figured hardwood native to the Hawaiian Islands. One remarkable quality of Koa is its curly grain. Most Koa has a three-dimensional quality which draws the eye beneath the surface of the wood, making its surface seem almost transparent. In the choicest pieces these swirls and waves in the wood are truly spectacular. [view larger picture]

Lace Wood

Australia. Shiny, silvery orange sheen with very attractive pattern in grain.

Macadamia Nut

Hawaii. Beautiful 'snakeskin' pattern with smaller eyes than lacewood. Subtle pinks, greens, blues, and reds are common colors throughout the grain. Medium density wood. Finished wood is generally a lighter brown color.
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Maple Burl

Pacific Northwest USA. Beautiful golden color with browns for figure. Lots of swirls & burls, and may also have curly areas. One of my favorites to work with! [view larger picture]

Mediterranean Olive

Mediterranean & California. Olive is an exotic wood with an extremely varying grain. The wide variety of the grain patterns makes it one of the most mysterious and unpredictable woods known to man. It is very difficult to match the grain of two pieces since the pattern is completely hidden in the heart of the wood. Mediterranean olive wood is heavy, dense and durable with a distinctive red pigment in its grain. [view larger picture]

Paela Burl

Central America. Dark orange to dark red with very fine & complicated swirls. Beautiful patterns when viewed up close.

Pink Ivory

Mozambique, Zimbabwe & South Africa. This wood has a uniform pink/watermelon red color. Sawing and machining this wood is very difficult as it is very hard. Considered the rarest of the woodworking stock in the world. [view larger picture]

Redwood Burl

California USA. Flame patterns, generally blood red/brown backing with yellow/cream colored swirls.

Russian Olive Wood

Russia, USA, Others. Dark browns to golden browns with lines of black.

Lacy Sheoak

Australia. Orange/brown back with cream colored ribbons. Very intricate patterns.


Surinam/Guyana S.A. Very rare & expensive wood. Snakeskin pattern, orange w/black spots. Very dense & heavy wood.

Spalted Maple

Pacific Northwest USA. Cream, tans, browns, with black mineral lines in very unique patterns.
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Thuya Burl

Morocco. Beautiful & fragrant (lemon/cedar smell) wood. Primarily brown with black eyes, with the occasional cream swirls in the better examples. Fairly rare & expensive.
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Walnut & Walnut Burl

USA. Varius shades of light to dark brown. My Walnut burls came from old barnwood stock (very limited supply) and are over 80 years old.

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