White Ash—Similar to red oak in grain, sometimes called “golden oak” in furniture. Very light color when fresh, ash darkens as it ages to an amber color. Very strong, used in bent laminations, furniture, tool handles, and floors.
Basswood—Very soft, light golden color. The easiest wood to carve. The 4/4 lumber is used as a less expensive alternative to clear white pine with the added advantage of no pitch related problems.
Butternut—Lustrous medium brown color, feathery grain, very soft. One of the most beautiful northern hardwoods, butternut makes high quality furniture. Like basswood, butternut is easy to carve.
Black Cherry—The best cherry in the world grows in Upstate New York and Pennsylvania. Reddish brown color that deepens with age, easy to work, stable.
Hickory—Very hard and dense. Frequently used for tool handles, the distinctive grain also makes beautiful cabinets.
Red Elm—A strong grain and brown color resembling chestnut. It is one of the most flexible woods for steam bending. It has been used extensively for boat ribs, but also makes beautiful furniture.
Red Maple—A less expensive alternate for sugar maple. Red maple is cream colored, softer (but not like the big leaf or silver maples) and less prone to grain tearing than sugar maple. Curly maple is a rare and beautiful variation of red maple.
Sugar Maple—also known as Hard or Rock Maple. Very hard, strong, with light golden color. Sugar maple is used in cutting boards, toys, musical instruments, and flooring.
Ambrosia Maple—red maple with streaks of color surrounding tiny worm holes.
Red Oak—Reddish golden color with a prominent grain. Our most popular wood, red oak machines easily and is used in furniture, floors, and interior trim.
White Oak—Almost identical to red oak in grain but darker in color. Most people can’t tell the difference. White oak is extremely weather resistant. Quarter sawn white oak is used in mission style furniture.
Tulip Poplar—Cream to light golden brown color (greenish when fresh). A softer hardwood, very easy to work, stains or paints easily.
Black Walnut—Rich chocolate brown color, easy to work with.