Samples of Untreated (no stain or paint) Wood Varieties
How We Select Our Wood Varieties
All wood varieties, which we refer to as hardwoods, have variation in its color and grain. These unique wood characteristics give each piece of solid wood furniture its charm and beauty. Although all of our standard finishing processes are identical, no two pieces of wood will be exactly the same, which adds to the uniqueness and beauty of each piece of our hand crafted furniture. Each wood variety can look very different when it’s stained and varnished. Different stains can cover or bring out both the grains and imperfections of the wood, which can help to make the piece beautiful. If you like the rustic look, you can also choose to have the piece painted, distressed or another treatment. The options are many, only limited by your imagination.
One of the most important things to consider when selecting a variety of hardwood is the hardness. For example, two varieties not shown above are pine and alder. One of the reasons why we don’t use either of those varieties is that they are considered to be very soft. This means that when your kids get out a pen and write on a piece of paper on a pine table, it transfers those indentations into the table, ruining its beautiful finish. That’s why we only use wood varieties that are considered “hard woods” thus the nomenclature. Rest assured that we only use those woods that allow us to create beautiful pieces that will stand the test of time, allowing you to enjoy them for many generations.
If you have any questions about a particular variety of wood, please feel free to contact us, and we would be happy to discuss your furniture needs or visit our Stains and Paints page to view the woods with different stains and paints applied.