The Woods We Use

Choose a wood for your product from the list below. Some woods are not suitable for all products and some are restricted because of price or availability. You will be able to select the available wood for your product when ordering.


Wood is a natural product and the the variety of characteristics in each individual product includes colour, density, grain, pore size, growth pattern, wood fibre pattern and flexibility, ensuring every piece is truly unique. Below are representative images of the woods we currently use.




European Beech. We use a premium grade of beech extensively in our products due to its strength, excellent shock resistance and consistent quality . Beech engraves well and shows excellent contrast. The colour is light to mid tan, occasionally with beautiful splashes and stripes of darker brown.


Sapele is a reddish-brown hardwood from West Africa. Although it engraves well, being a darker wood the contrast is not good. Sapele is usually held in stock. 


Oak is grown in Europe and North America. American oak does not have the same character as European oak and is used extensively for furniture and construction due to its much lower cost compared to European oak. We do occasionally have stock.


GUEST TIMBERS (Currently in stock)


Zebrano (also known as Zebra Wood) is a light brown or cream color with dark blackish brown streaks vaguely resembling a zebra’s stripes. Because Zebrano tends to be fairly expensive, although not as expensive as Ebony or Rosewood, it is usually sliced to less than a millimeter to veneer MDF. We currently have a limited stock of Zebrano which is reserved for selected products.


Rosewood is one of the most beautiful hardwoods and is rarely available. We were fortunate to obtain one board of Rosewood which we reserve for selected products.


Black Limba. This is quite a dark wood and is not suitable for engraving due to poor contrast. A cheap alternative to Black Walnut.


Aspen. Although classified as a hardwood Aspen is more like a softwood in density. Engraving contrast is good. We only use Aspen for selected products.


American Ash has wide rays of  mellow white to a lighter shade of brown which generally displays better when used on larger pieces or furniture. It has good shock resistance and engraves well. Ash is usually held in stock





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