There are many woods that you can use to create the perfect pen. Some woods are more suited than others but predominately exotic woods are used for their stable nature and the figure in their grain. Colours will end up slightly darker than shown below due to polishes.


Amboyna Burl due to its rarity incurs an additional cost on the following pens

Amboyna Burl
Ash
Black Mulga
Black Palmira
Bocote
Bog Oak
Bubinga
Burr Wych Elm
Cherry
Chestnut
Cocobolo
Holly
Iroko
Lacewood
Oak
Olivewood
Padauk
Pink Ivory
Purple Heart
Honduran Rosewood
Sonokeling
Sycamore
Tulipwood
Utile
Walnut
Yew

African Blackwood  - The dense, lustrous wood ranges from reddish to pure black. Commonly used for the manufacture of woodwind instruments because of its oily nature and high tolerance to fluctuations in climatic conditions.

Amboyna Burl - One of the most exotic burls of the world, used mostly for high-end veneers. This is the burl found on the dashboard of the Mercedes Maybach.
The color ranges mostly in the reddish brown range but can swing into gold.
Amboyna burls are found on Narra and Paduak trees in South East Asia.
This treasure was once hoarded by Chinese Emperors and never permitted for “commoners”.

Ash - Domestic timber that has been widely used traditionally for almost all types of projects. Light coloured like Maple with coarser grain like Oak

Black Mulga - Rarely found in dimensions larger than 3 or four inches wide and 2 feet long
Member of the acacia family.

Black Palmira - Black Palmira belongs to the generic group of palms. It's a hard and heavy wood. The basic colour is brown. The interesting structure is the result of dark brown inclusions.

Bocote - Highly prized for its dramatic, wild striping bocote is a hard, dense, and fairly oily tropical wood. These dark brown or black streaks, which sometimes form in concentric circles, give Bocote its defining look and lend finished products a truly distinctive appearance.

Also known as "Mexican Rosewood"

Bog Oak - Bog Oak is the term given to native timber that has been preserved in wetlands for several millennia. Also known as morta, bog oak is usually stained brown by tannins dissolved in the acidic water. Most of my bog oak will be from Cambridgeshire fenland which will be approximately 7000 years old although I have some other English bog oak approximately 10000 years old. 

Lacewood - Lacewood is such a neat, exotic wood that it is used extensively in veneers, decorative boxes and ornaments. It possesses one of the most unique grain patterns of all the exotics, and is most easily recognised by its large rays.

Also known as Australian Silky-oak or Leopardwood.

Oak - English Oak is a white oak usually the Quercous robur but sometimes the Quercous petraea. Marbled appearance, prized for fine furniture and veneers.

Olivewood - Pale to mid-brown, attractively marked with irregular grey, brown and black streaks giving the wood a marbled appearance. Mainly used in high grade decorative flooring and turned projects.

Padauk - Padauk wood is obtained from several species of Pterocarpus. All padauks are of African or Asian origin. Padauks are valued for their toughness, stability in use, and decorativeness, most having a reddish wood.

Pink Ivory - Pink Ivory (Berchemia zeyheri), also called Red Ivory, umNini or umGoloty, is a very rare African wood used to make luxury products. The Pink Ivory tree grows predominantly in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa. The wood is extremely hard. Pink Ivory is the royal tree of the Zulus because only the royal family were allowed to possess the wood.

Purpleheart - Found in Central and South America, this exotic wood is a worldwide favorite. The heartwood is a bright, striking purple when freshly cut, darkening into a deeper purple with age. It has a medium to fine texture with a luster that ranges from medium to high; its grain is usually straight but can be wavy or irregular.

Rosewood (Honduran) - The heartwood varies from pinkish to purple-brown with irregular black markings independent of growth rings. Grain is straight to slightly roey or wavy. Uses include Fingerboards for banjos, guitars and mandolins, harp bodies, mouldings, picture frames and widely used for turning.

Bubinga - Chiefly from the Cameroon and Gabon, also from Zaire. The wood is medium red-brown with lighter red to purple veining. The grain is straight or interlocked. Uses include decorative veneers or turned items.

Also known as African Rosewood.

Burr Wych Elm - The heartwood colour is dull brown, with the annual rings distinct due to large early wood pores, giving a coarse texture to the wood. Wych Elm tends to have a straight grain which may include a green streak. Burr is a growth that can be found in all types of Elm. It gives an overall effect of small “cats paws” which are formed by clusters of pin knots/burrs and irregular growth.

Cherry - Cherry is a brown American hardwood that has a hint of pink or dark red to it. Cherry wood darkens with age and this quality is considered both desirable and beautiful.

Chestnut - The heartwood is pale brown in colour with wide growth rings producing a pronounced figure on longitudinal surfaces. Similar to oak in appearance.

Cocobolo - The heartwood colour varies from rich red to an attractive variegated appearance of yellow, orange and red streaks and zones, which mature upon exposure to a mellow orange red. The grain is irregular and variable, but has a fine uniform texture.

Holly - The heartwood is a cream-white, sometimes with a greenish-grey cast with little or no figure. The grain tends to be irregular but with a fine even texture which is velvet smooth to the touch.

Iroko - Golden orange to brown. Use include ship and boat building, laboratory benches and decorative veneers along with turned items.

Rosewood (Sonokeling) - All genuine rosewoods belong to the genus Dalbergia. Another classic rosewood is that yielded by Dalbergia latifolia known as (East) Indian Rosewood or Sonokeling. Not all species in the large genus Dalbergia yield rosewoods. Darker in colour than the Honduran rosewood and not as figurative.

Sycamore - White to creamy white in colour with a natural lustre. Straight grained but often curly or wavy producing an attractive fiddleback figure.

Also know as Great Maple

Tulipwood - The heartwood is a beautiful pink-yellow with a pronounced striped figure in varying shades of salmon pink, and rose red to violet.

Also known as pinkwood.

Utile - The heartwood matures from a pink-brown to a deep red-brown.

Walnut - The heartwood is a rich dark brown to purplish-black, mostly straight grained, but with wavy or curly gran occasionally present. Uses include high end furniture and cabinetmaking, rifle butts and gunstocks.

Yew - The heartwood colour is golden orange-brown streaked with dark purple, mauve and brown in patches with veins, tiny knots and clusters of in-growing bark. The grain is straight, but sometimes curly and irregular. For centuries this was the wood used for bow staves by the bowmen of England.

African Walnut

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