Domestic and Exotic Hardwood Lumber

Old wood welcomes the eye with warmth, draws the mind's attention with detail, and captivates the soul with history and mystery. It is authentic, and so are the people that use it.
Reclaimed Domestic and Exotic Hardwood Lumber are perfect building materials for projects like cabinetry, flooring, furniture, architectural details, and more.
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Domestic and Exotic Hardwood Lumber

Mahogany

Mahogany is an exceptionally straight, fine, and even grained hardwood native to South America. It is unusually dense and mostly free of voids and pockets. Beautiful colors vary from reddish brown (a reddish sheen is exposed by polishing) to dark brown, and the wood usually gets darker with time.

In colonial days, mahogany was reserved by royal monopoly for boat building, owing to its rot resistance as and durability. Here, the colonists were borrowing from local practices after observing Arawaks build mahogany canoes in Hispaniola in the 17th century. Today, mahogany is prized as a tonewood for musical instruments. Acoustic guitars use mahogany for backs, sides, tops, and necks. Drum shells made of mahogany are usually deeper and warmer sounding than their maple or birch counterparts.

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Chestnut

In the early 1900s, blight wiped out nearly all of North America’s mature chestnut trees. Caused by an invasive bark fungus, the blight turned chestnut from the most logged American hardwood into a rare commodity only acquired by salvage, usually from deconstructed 17th and 18th century barns in North Carolina, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

In colonial days, chestnut was the hardwood of choice for utility purposes like beams, floorboards, and furniture. Chestnut is easy to work with hand tools and is not hard on machine tools. It is a very stable wood with a striking color range from pale honey to dark amber that finishes gorgeously.

Walnut

Walnut’s incredible hardness, figured grain patterns, and rich coloration make it one of the most popular domestic hardwoods for fine furniture, cabinetry, paneling, and veneers. These characteristics, as well as its suitability for turning and steam bending, have made walnut a premium domestic hardwood for woodworkers.

Walnut is also a favorite choice in musical instrument construction and is often found in pipe organ cases and traditionally constructed stringed instruments like the dulcimer. As the market for exotic hardwoods becomes less predictable, guitar makers are using walnut more frequently. The Gibson J15 is constructed entirely from North American woods, including walnut back, sides, and fingerboard.

And More!

We’re constantly sorting out lumber. Here are some of the species of hardwoods you may find in our warehouse:

  • Rosewood
  • Koa
  • Cherry
  • Red Oak
  • White Oak
  • Poplar
  • Ash
  • Maple
  • Sapele
  • Walnut
  • Sweet Gum

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