Interesting Timber

We hold at our Yard a wide range of Hardwoods and Softwood for a variety of woodworking purposes and disciplines.
These include:

American White Oak, European Oak, Scottish Oak, European Pippy Oak,

White Ash, Cedar, Elm, Tulip

Black Walnut, Beech, Cherry, Maple

Iroko, Majau, Meranti, Sapele, Mahogany

Douglas Fir, Sycamore, Chestnut, Larch

Boards are available in the varieties above, up to a thickness of 3″.  4″ boards are generally available in Iroko, Sapele, Douglas Fir, Ash and Tulip

 We hold a variety of exotics as blanks and some as planks including:

Utile, Purple Heart, Wenge, Pau Rosa, Rosewood, Amazique, Bubinga, Zebrano, Bocote, Teak Chakte Cok and Goncalo Alves.

 In addition, we will buy in stocks of other interesting timber as it presents itself, including : Brown Oak, Steamed Pear and Apple, Smoked (Fumed) Oak, Lime, Yew and Laburnum and a beautiful selection of burrs for turning and shaping.

 In the past, our specials of timber shorts have been very popular with furniture makers. We have held pallets of American White Oak and Iroko shorts in the last year and look forward to putting more specials on in the next year!


Purple Heart

Purple Heart

Purple Heart – Hugely popular with wood turners, this attractive and colourful hardwood is bright purple deepening to a purplish brown on exposure.
Hard, dense and heavy, Purpleheart is is known for it’s pungent aroma.
From Central and Northern South America.

Meranti

Meranti

Meranti – A pinkish red hardwood with a coarse but even texture and interlocking grain.
 From the mahogany family, this timber is commonly used in furniture or joinery products with the capacity and durability for indoor and outdoor uses.
From South East Asia

Douglas Fir

Douglas Fir

Douglas Fir
A softwood which has a generally very visible grain either straight or sometimes slightly wavy. Medium to coarse in texture, Douglas fir is a versatile softwood which is good for use internally and externally.
Canadian

Wenge

Wenge

Wenge – A very dense and heavy hardwood,  with a deep brownish reddish colour, with nearly black streaks. Upon application of a wood finish (particularly an oil finish) the wood can become nearly black.
Wenge has a fairly interesting grain pattern with a coarse texture.
Used in furniture making, instrument making and wood turning.
From Central Africa

American White Oak

American White Oak

Slowly grown, American White Oak is one of our most popular timbers. The grain is generally straight and the texture varies from coarse to medium coarse.
Used for a wide variety of purposes including furniture making, exterior and interior joinery work, cabinet making, flooring and decorative pieces.
Also used in cooperage, as white oak is seen as the only satisfactory container for beer wine and alcoholic spirits!
Ranging in colour from pale yellow – brown to pale reddish brown.  From North America.

Iroko

Iroko

Iroko – This very durable, dense timber has a distinct yellow colour. The grain is usually interlocked and the texture is rather coarse, but even.

Iroko has excellent strength properties, comparing well with Teak and working well with most tools.
Uses for Iroko include interior and exterior joinery, window frames, stair treads, fire-proof doors, furniture, carvings and even marine uses such as bridge building.
From Africa.

European Elm

European Elm

 European Elm – A beautifully coloured timber which varies from a dull brown in the heartwood to a lighter colour in the sapwood.

This is complimented by the irregular growth rings together with the cross grained character of the wood, giving a very attractive appearance. Looks lovely when polished.
A fairly difficult timber to work, but produces excellent results when used for furniture, turning wood ware such as bowls and feature pieces in internal joinery.
From Europe.

Black Walnut

Black Walnut

A stunning dense timber, American Black Walnut can vary in colour from a pale brown in the sapwood to a rich chocolate brown or even purplish black in the heartwood.
The timber has a fine even texture with a relatively coarse grain.
Uses include furniture, cabinets, musical instruments and decorative veneers.
From America.

Cherry

Cherry

A hard timber with a straight grain, American Cherry is a light reddish brown with the sapwood being a lighter pink colour.
Fine, narrow, brown coloured pith flecks are a common feature. It is moderately durable, works fairly easily, turns well and takes an excellent polish.
Because of its beautiful grain and colour, the uses for Cherry tend to be for cabinet and furniture making, musical instruments, boat interiors, high class joinery and even tobacco pipes.  From America.

Sycamore

Sycamore

Sycamore is a white or yellowish white coloured wood with a natural luster. It is generally straight grained but may be curly or wavy grained with a fine texture.
Fairly easy to work and machine, it is capable of a fine smooth finish when straight grained. It turns excellently and can be glued, stained and polished.
Used for turning, handles, furniture and flooring in addition to decorative veneers and decorative finishes in musical instruments.
From Europe.