Hardwoods We Carry

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.

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.

10 thoughts on “Hardwoods We Carry

  1. Darryl says:

    Hi… I’m renovating / rehabilitating an old home. I wish I’d heard of you before (quality of lumber at box stores is poor at best and grossly over-priced – what used to be one’s are now premium, premium is now exported, two’s are now one’s, scrap is now two’s and pulp is now scrap). Do you sell small quantities? Presently, I need four sticks – 5/4 x 4 x 6 – hickory, maple, oak or cherry. Possibly two sticks – 2 x 4 x 6 hickory, maple, oak or cherry. (Black locust is great for some things too but I don’t see that on your list.) I’ll need additional lumber in the future for larger projects. Thanks in advance.


    1. njtsieling says:

      Yes, we sell one board and up. The only 5/4 in stock-select basswood and tulip poplar. Most 4/4 hardwoods will clean up at 7/8″ if that would work. I have 8/4 hard maple for the 2″ stock. No locust currently except a 2 BF board. It’s best to call as I frequently have to be out of the shop for deliveries. 607-566-8558.


      1. Darryl says:

        thanks for answering my questions. 5/4 tulip poplar is great – I hadn’t thought about it but it’ll work for what I’m doing.


  2. Jake says:

    What type of hardwood do you suggest for barn wood flooring? I would like to over lay the existing in a diagonal direction for added strength. 45 degrees . The reason for this is we will be stacking round bales on this floor using a bobcat skid steer. The current drive in floors will also need some attention, currently 8/4 x 14 feet. The main structural beams are 14 feet with random beams in between approximately 2 foot centers. Square footage for the area I’m thinking of doing is around 675sq. Your thoughts Thanks Jake


    1. njtsieling says:

      Peter Sieling
      2:51 PM (22 minutes ago)
      to me

      We specialize in cabinetmaking hardwoods for furniture and remodeling projects, so barn flooring is out of my area of expertise. Sorry I can’t be more help.


  3. Stephen Madtrorilli says:

    What is the largest block size of basswood you typically carry and is it dressed 2 sides? Wanting to glue up to create large blanks for carving.


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