Osage Orange is a bright yellow-orange wood that has a beautiful golden depth to it, especially when viewed in the sunlight. It is a light to medium weight, durable wood that is sometime used to build archery bows.
An exceptionally beautiful wood from South America, Kingwood is variegated with stripes of black and rich violet brown. It is a dense wood with a very tight grain and finishes very smooth.
Honduran Rosewood tends to be rich brown with a light reddish hue and darker brown variegation. It is commonly used in the construction of fine guitars and marimba bars.
East Indian Rosewood
East Indian Rosewood is an exotic wood native to the Southern India peninsula. It is very dark brown and lighter weight than Honduras Rosewood.
Cocobolo is a striking wood from South America. It is primarily a deep orange and brown wood, but often has beautiful variegated stripes of red, yellow and black. It finishes smooth and is a medium weight wood.
Toasted Osage starts out bright yellow, but carefully toasted, changes to a rich caramel brown. The grain lines darken up quicker creating a variegated pattern of rich browns overlaying the shimmering golden yellow.
Tulipwood is an exotic hardwood from South America. It is a light creamy pink color with bright pink or red stripes. The wood finishes smooth and makes a very beautiful baton.
Another South American hardwood, Bloodwood is deep red with tight, straight grain. This wood is very durable and a bit on the heavy side. It finishes very smooth and tends to darken with age.
Sometimes called Grenadillo wood, African Blackwood is used to make professional clarinets, oboes and piccolos. It is very dense and heavy and buffs smooth without any lacquer. As the name suggests, African Blackwood is a very dark wood. It is primarily black with streaks of dark brown throughout the grain of the wood.
If you like contrast, this might be the wood for you. This creamy wood is highly variegated with almost-black stripes throughout the wood. Zebrawood is a light to medium weight, finishes smooth and makes a baton that turns heads.
If you are looking for something fun, consider this wood I like to call, “Casual Friday”. The striped pattern of this wood is achieved by gluing together thin layers of dyed birch veneers. This process creates a colorful, light weight wood that nicely compliments a light weight graphite or wood shaft.
Mahogany is a straight grained wood that is sometimes used in the manufacture of fine cabinets, furniture and musical instruments (specifically, the neck, back and sides of acoustic guitars). Mahogany is a light brown, honey colored wood when first worked and deepens to a darker reddish brown with age. Although it is a fairly lightweight wood, Mahogany is rather durable.