Ash
Ash ASH
Ash works well with both machine and hand tools, and has a moderate blunting effect on cutting edges. Provided the cutters are kept sharp, it planes well. Ash glues well, stains satisfactory and can be brought to a highly polished finish. Please note, the image is an example of what you could create with Ash wood.
from £0.55
European OliveEuropean Olive
European Olive OLV
Olive is hard, strong and heavy. All olive is Italian, with some exceptions. The following sizes are Spanish Olive, which is fresh sawn: - 5 x 5 x 2 - 6 x 6 x 2.5 - 3 x 3 x 12 Tip: Part-turn the timber and keep in a bag with its shavings for a period of time before finishing. The following sizes are Venetian: - 3.5 x 3.5 x 6 - 3.5 x 3.5 x 8 - 3.5 x 3.5 x 12 This timber is from Corfu, but can be...
from £2.75

Goncalo Alves
Goncalo Alves GON
Goncalo Alves is a hard, dense and heavy wood, which is very tough. Cutting usually requires tungsten carbide-tipped blades. Gluing can be tricky, but less so if a solvent is used to remove extractives. It turns well and can easily brought to a good polished finish. Please note, the image is an example of what you could create with Goncalo Alves wood.
from £6.75
Hickory
Hickory HICK
Colour/Appearance: Heartwood tends to be light to medium brown, with a reddish hue; sapwood is a paler yellowish brown. Boards with contrasting heartwood and sapwood create a somewhat rustic appearance that’s sometimes marketed as Calico Hickory. Grain/Texture: Grain is usually straight, though occasionally wavy, with a medium texture. Endgrain: Ring-porous; large to very large earlywood pores...
£3.50

Lacewood
Lacewood LAC
Colour/Appearance: Has a very conspicuous flecking that gives this wood its namesake. The wood itself is a reddish brown with grey or light brown rays, which result in a lace pattern when quarter sawn. Like other woods that exhibit the strongest figure in quarter sawn pieces, (such as Sycamore), Lacewood has the most pronounced figure and displays the largest flecks when perfectly quarter sawn; this...
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Leadwood
Leadwood LEAD
The heartwood is dark brown in colour with blackish streaks. The timber is hard, heavy and durable. It sandpapers well and takes varnishes and oils well to come up with a high lustrous finish. It needs sharp tools. It is difficult to use for furniture but is well suited to turning and carving and has even been used for machine bearing. The wood is so hard that Africans made blades for their hoes before...
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Mahogany
Mahogany MAH
Colour/Appearance: Heartwood colour can vary a fair amount with Cuban Mahogany, from a pale pinkish brown, to a darker reddish brown. Typically, the denser the wood, the darker the colour. Colour tends to darken with age. Mahogany also exhibits an optical phenomenon known as chatoyancy Grain/Texture: Grain can be straight, interlocked, irregular or wavy. Texture is medium and uniform, with moderate...
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MapleMaple
Maple MAP
The heartwood is creamy white when freshly cut but ages to a light tan. The grain is usually straight but can be wavy or curly, and has a smooth, fine texture. The wood has a high natural lustre, especially on quartered surfaces. The sapwood is not normally distinct from the heartwood. Please note, the image is an example of what you could create with Maple.
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Masasa
Masasa MAS
The heartwood is a uniform red/brown and clearly defined. Masasa is a hard timber that turns well, sandpapering and taking oils and varnish well. Tools must be sharp and used for furniture, railway sleepers and flooring. Please note, the image is an example of what you could create with Masasa.
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North American Tulipwood
North American Tulipwood TUL
Tulipwood is a heavy, hard dense wood that can be difficult to work, and can be splintery. The wood has a severe blunting effect on cutting edges, and a reducing planing angle is advised for quartered stock and irregular grain. Pre-boring is recommended for nailing and screwing, but it glues well. Tulipwood can be brought to a very highly polished finish. Please note, the image is an example of what...
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Oak
Oak OAK
White Oak is a hard and heavy wood. It has medium crushing and bending strength, and low stiffness. The wood has exceptional resistance to wear. It has moderate blunting effect on cutting edges, but generally works well though this depends on the precise species used. This wood planes, turns, bores, sands, mortises, stains and polishes well. Please note, the image is an example of what you could create...
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Panga Panga
Panga Panga PAN
Panga Panga is extraordinary in its rarity as it is only found, in commercially viable quantities, in Mozambique. Its dark colours, with rich parenchyma bands brings a touch of exotic to finished pieces. The heartwood is extremely durable. It sandpapers well and takes varnish and oils well. It is used in furniture, turning, parquet flooring and carving. Please note, the image is an example of what...
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Padauk
Padauk PAD
Padauk is a heavy, dense and resistant to wear. It has a high crushing strength, low stiffness and resistance to shock loads, and medium bending strength. It works well with hand tools, but the interlocking grain has a moderate blunting effect. The wood turns, saws, glues, screws and sands well, and can be brought to a good polish. Please note, the image is an example of what you could create with...
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Pear
Pear PEAR
The heartwood ranges from pale flesh tones to a light pinkish-brown which may be enhanced by steaming, and has fine pores and rays. The grain is usually straight and the wood has a characteristically fine, even and smooth texture. Please note, the image is an example of what you could create with Pear wood.
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Purpleheart
Purpleheart PUR
Purple Heart is hard, dense and heavy with high crushing, stiffness and bending strengths, a moderate steam-bending rating and medium resistance to shock loads. It is difficult to work by hand, and machining is moderately difficult. The blunting effect on cutters is moderate to severe. Slow feed rates and reduced cutting angle are advised. Blunt cutters will heat the wood and cause resin to exude. It...
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Roughed Pine Knot
Roughed Pine Knot RPK
These Pine knots have been selected by a very experienced carver to give you the opportunity to carve your own woodspirit from a material which is not widely available to most of the country. Choose from a raw, uncut knot or a lightly roughed out knot showing the basic outline of the face including the eye brows, eye lids, nose, mustache and beard. If you are not sure where to begin, the rough out...
£22.95

Tanga Tanga
Tanga Tanga TAN
The timber is various shades of brown with attractive bands of lighter and darker brown throughout. It is lighter in weight and softer than many of the African timbers but turns really well albeit with some interlocking grain that requires finer cutting. Haven't tried this one with an oil finish but with sanding sealer and wax it come to a lustrous shine. Please note, the image is an example of what...
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Sycamore
Sycamore SYC
This wood works easily with machine and hand tools, with a moderate blunting effect. Very sharp tools are advised for a clean finish. It turns, glues, sands and paints well, carves easily and polishes very well. Please note, the image is an example of what you could create with Sycamore wood. Sample turned by Alex Bellringer.
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Elm
Elm ELM
This wood has a high resistance to shock loads and very low stiffness. Provided cutting edges are kept sharp, the wood works well with hand and machine tools. It has good gluing properties. When planing, sharp and thin cutting edges are required to avoid a woolly finish. It takes stain well and can be polished to a high finish. Please note, the image is an example of what you could create with Elm...
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Tamboti
Tamboti TAM
The heartwood is light and dark chocolate brown. The wood is hard, heavy, durable, close-grained and resistant to termites. It sandpapers well and takes oils and varnish well finishing with a satin like lustre. When freshly worked it has a distinctive, sweetish smell. The wood is almost indestructible. Samples taken from the Great Zimbabwe, carbon dates to be between 1240 and 1530 years old, were...
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Umbilo
Umbilo UMB
The heartwood is a rich warm to dark brown, sometimes with red streaks. A medium even texture, a very stable timber. It sandpapers well, and takes a varnish and oil finish well. Used in the production of handles and turns very well. Also used in furniture, cabinet making as a veneer, flooring and carving. Please note, the image is an example of what you could create with Umbilo wood.
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Chacate Preto
Chacate Preto CHAC
Chacate Preto wood is moderately lustrous with an interlocked grain and fine texture. This type of wood has been compared to another African species, African Blackwood, but is only half the price! The wood is very sturdy but not as heavy as African Blackwood. Please note, the image is an example of what you could create with Chacate Preto wood.
from £3.75

Zebrano
Zebrano ZEB
Zebrano is a hard, dense and heavy wood with high strength properties and very high stiffness. It is not suitable for steam bending. It works well with hand tools and in most machining operations. Planing can be tricky, since interlocked grain can tear badly, so sanding is advised for a final finish. Gluing is satisfactory if care is taken. Please note, the image is an example of what you could create...
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Yellow Boxwood
Yellow Boxwood YBOX
Color/Appearance: Heartwood ranges from light pink to golden brown. Pale gray sapwood is sharply demarcated from heartwood. Commonly seen in burl form. Please note, the image is an example of what you could create with Wild Mango wood.
from £24.95
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