Woods often used

  1. Every species of wood can have varying colour and grain pattern. Different woods are used to create variations (shading) of the artwork.
  2. Cost can vary tremendously within the same species of wood: be it rough sawn or S4S (Smooth 4 Sides), be it clear or knotty, be it narrow or wide, be it a “regular” pattern or a rare grain pattern,: for example regular maple versus bird’s eye maple. Fluctuations in price from the wholesaler and in turn my supplier can vary monthly. Cost listed is based on an average. I am fortunate to have a supplier, Windsor Plywood (on Pembina) in Winnipeg. They carry the following exotic woods as well as many others. They can be reached at (204) 269-9114.
  3. Average cost is given in board feet (144 cubic inches: = 1 board foot) Example: 2″ x 6″ x 1 foot (12 inches) = 144 cubic inches or 1 board foot.
Name: Aspen
Color: Creamy grey to a very pale biscuit.
Description: Often used for White intarsia pieces (holly is another “white” option).
Cost: $5/board foot
Name: Balsa
Colour: White to oatmeal in colour.
Cost:
$15/board foot
Name: Basswood
Colour: Creamy white to pale pinkish.
Cost:
$5/board foot
Name: Bloodwood
Colour: The name says it all.
Cost:
$25/board foot
Name: Bubinga
Colour: Medium red-brown to with light red to purple veining.
Cost:
$30/board foot
Name: Mahogany
Colour: Dark reddish-brown.
Cost:
$11/board foot
Name: Butternut
Colour: Medium dark brown but not as much as dark walnut.
Cost:
$10/board foot
Name: Cherry
Colour: Reddish-brown to a rich red.
Cost:
$7/board foot
Name: Cedar (Spanish)
Colour: Cedar is generally light to brown in colour. Spanish cedar has a beautiful light red tone.
Cost:
$12/board foot (clear)
Name: Maple (Rock)
Colour: Creamy white with reddish tint.
Cost:
$7/board foot
Name: Oak (Red)
Colour: Biscuit to pink colour with reddish tint.
Cost:
$7-14/board foot
Name: Oak (White)
Colour: Yellow-brown to biscuit in colour with pinkish tint.
Cost:
$7-14/board foot
Name: Padauk
Colour: Attractive wood with rich crimson colour.
Cost:
$22/board foot
Name: Pau Amarella (Yellowheart)
Colour: Pale yellow.
Cost:
$20/board foot
Name: Pine (Yellow)
Colour: Varies from pale straw to light reddish-brown.
Cost:
$5/board foot
Name: Poplar
Colour: Pale brown to greyish in colour.
Cost:
$5/board foot
Name: Purpleheart
Colour: Deep purple colour.
Cost:
$20/board foot
Name: Salix (2 different boards)
Colour: From the willow family; wide variety in colour tone.
Cost: $7/board foot
Name: Sapele
Colour: Has a dark reddish-brown appearance.
Cost:
$11/board foot
Name: Walnut (Dark)
Colour: Rich dark brown to purplish-black in appearance.
Cost:
$11/board foot
Name: Wenge
Colour: Dark brown with fine black veins.
Cost:
$5/board foot
Name: Zebrawood
Colour: Golden yellow colour with dark brown (black) streaks like a zebra.
Cost:
$43/board foot
Name: “Thermally modified aspen“
Description: Aspen is professionally cooked in an oven to produce a rich dark brown colour.
Cost: $7/board foot