The lumber used to construct our wood countertops is all premium-grade, FAS boards taken from responsibly managed forests. FSC certified (domestic and exotic species) woods are available upon request. Almost all hardwood species are suitable for wood countertops, so if you have a specific wood in mind, please ask. Samples and samples kits are available. Please contact us for more information. The following are woods we frequently build tops from:
African Mahogany – Imported wood, African Mahogany is a softer hardwood that has long been a substitute choice for genuine Mahogany in fine furniture and millwork. The heartwood varies from light to deep reddish-brown.
Ash – Domestic wood widely used in a variety of projects. Light-colored like Maple with coarser grain like Oak. Ash tends to darken as it ages.
Bamboo – Imported grass, 30% harder than Oak, Bamboo is highly prized for its sustainability. Bamboo offers a variety of looks and is most commonly available in 1.5” thickness.
Canarywood – Imported wood that is yellow to orange in color, typically variegated with light to dark red streaking. It can be somewhat variable in density; it is mostly a hard, heavy and strong wood.
Cherry – Domestic hardwood known for its fine furniture graining and for aging from a pinkish tone to a warm reddish hue. It has brown pith flecks and small gum pockets that accent the already appealing grain pattern.
Hard Maple – Domestic wood is the hardest of all maple hardwood species. Used in traditional butcher blocks, Hard Maple possesses many excellent characteristics for this application.
Hickory – Domestic open-grained hardwood that is often used for rustic applications. The grain can range from a blond or cream to lively reddish brown with streaks of purple.
Iroko – Imported wood that is an open-pored wood used as a teak substitute. Its color, grain pattern, and aging are all similar to Teak.
Jatoba (Brazilian Cherry) – Imported wood with beautiful red tones and superior hardness, making it very wear-resistant. Jatoba darkens with age much like Cherry.
Lacewood – Imported wood that possesses one of the most unique grain patterns of all the exotics, and is most easily recognized by its large rays (looks like the cross sections of a whole bunch of cells under the microscope.
Purpleheart – Imported wood, Purpleheart is aptly named for the deep purple color of its heartwood (although, the purple eventually oxidizes to deep brown).
Quartersawn White Oak – Domestic wood that is known for its strength, weather-resistance, and general durability. White Oak ambers as it ages, taking on a slight yellow color.
Red Oak – Domestic wood, Red Oak is very strong and very hard with a high durability and wear resistance. It is reddish in color and with dark, elongated grains and cathedrals.
Santos Mahogany – Imported wood, Santos mahogany is very heavy and dense. Colors run medium to brown with reddish and purplish hues, and can vary from board to board.
Sapele Mahogany – Imported wood with an extensive history of being used in fine furniture. Sapele Mahogany can have a subtle ribbon grain pattern and is a light reddish brown.
Teak – Imported wood, Teak is renowned around the world for its capability to survive and look good in tough environments. Color is generally a medium brown with shades of green and gold, and can vary significantly from board to board.
Tigerwood – Imported wood that is a boldly-striped species which has an orange/reddish brown background with wide, dark brownish black striping. These color variations can be extreme.
Walnut – Domestic wood, walnut is attractive, tight-grained, and improves with age. Walnut develops beautiful patinas as it ages.
Wenge – Imported wood with a uniform dark chocolate brown color that is used primarily where a bold dark color or contrasting light and dark accent strips are desired.
Zebrawood – Imported wood. Zebrawood is uniquely different with distinct brown/black lines alternating between a tan colored background, Zebrawood is often used for design accents.