Zebra Wood

Exotic wood from West Africa.

Domestic and Exotic Sustainable Wood

Every effort is taken to make sure our suppliers deal in sustainable woods. We also try and recycle/reclaim wood whenever possible, which means frequent trips to our local Habitat for Humanity store. For example, they recently received a large shipment of cabinet fronts made from Maple (doors and door frames). We take these and use as much of the wood as possible, minimizing the amount of waste. We win, our customers win, and, of course, the environment wins.

Below are some of the woods you'll find in our products:

  • Alder—(also called Red Alder) Alder is the most abundant hardwood in the Pacific Northwest. Generally light tan to reddish brown and tends to darken and redden with age.
  • Baltic Birch—One of the best choices for plywood. It is void free and has amazing strength. We often use it for the bottoms of our boxes.
  • Black Palm—From tropical Asia and Africa. This is actually neither a softwood nor hardwood. It falls into the category of monocots, which include bamboo, grass, banana, etc.
  • Cherry (Black)—From Eastern United States. Cherry is commonly used in furniture. Its color can quickly darken and age when exposed to direct sunlight.
  • Cocobolo—From Central America. A hard wood with outstanding color and grain. Color can range from yellow, orange, red, and shades of brown.
  • Ebony (Macassar Ebony)—From S.E. Asia. The heartwood has a dramatic striped appearance—yellow to reddish brown body with darker brown or black stripes. Commonly used for high-end cabinetry, billiard cues, musical instruments, and other small specialty items.
  • Granadillo—From Central and South America. Extremely hard wood, usually bright red to reddish brown in color. Exceptionally heavy.
  • Iroko —From tropical Africa. Very durable and resistant to rot and insect attack. Often used as a substitute for Teak. Usually yellow to golden or medium brown.
  • Koa (Acacia Koa) —From Hawaii. Relatively hard wood. Color ranges from light to dark brown with distinct golden luster, sometimes with irregular dark streaks.
  • Lacewood—From tropical South America. A very conspicuous flecking that gives this wood its name. Commonly used for veneer, cabinetry, fine furniture, musical instruments (guitars), and turned objects.
  • Leopardwood—From South America. Moderately hard wood, flaky with a speckled figure with dark flecks.
  • Mahogany—From South America. Ranked as one of the finest cabinet woods. Exceptionally stable and clear with a natural luster. Typically yellowish brown to reddish or orange brown.
  • Lyptus® — Grown exclusively on plantations in Brazil, it’s a Eucalyptus hybrid. The name is a registered trademark owned by the Brazilian company Fibria. Color ranges from a lighter salmon pink to a darker brownish red.
  • Maple (Tiger)—From Northeastern United States and Canada. Often used for cabinets and indoor furniture. Cream white to reddish brown in color. Also known as Curly Maple, Flame Maple, Ripple Maple, Fiddleback, and Tiger Stripe.
  • Oak (Red)—From Northeastern United States and Southeastern Canada. Red Oak is often used for cabinets and indoor furniture. Hard, strong wood.
  • Padauk—From Central and Tropical West Africa. Moderately hard with a medium texture and large pores. Bright orange or almost crimson when freshly cut but oxidizes over time to a darker, rich purple-brown color. Common uses include musical instruments, furniture, and flooring.
  • Parota—From central Mexico south to northern Brazil and Venezuela. Very resistant to fungus and disease. Grows fast and is very sustainable. Beautiful grain in deep amber colors.
  • Poplar—From Eastern United States. Yellowish brown with occasional streaks of gray or green. Though classified as a "hardwood," it's softer than most traditional hardwoods.
  • Purpleheart—From Central and South America. When freshly cut or sanded, it is a dull grayish/purplish brown. Upon exposure, the wood becomes deeper eggplant purple. Excellent strength properties.
  • Red Cumaru—From Northern South America. The color ranges from medium to dark brown, sometimes having a reddish or purplish hue. A stiff, strong, and hard wood.
  • Sapele—From tropical Africa, Sapele is often used in place of Mahogany. Heartwood is golden to dark reddish brown. Has a distinct cedar order when worked. Used for cabinetry, flooring, boat building, musical instruments, and other small wooden specialty items.
  • Walnut (Black)—From Eastern United States. Very popular among woodworkers for its rich, brown color and its workability, dimensional stability, shock resistance, and strength.
  • Walnut (Tropical)—From the mountains of Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, and Argentina. Straight grained and moderately porous. Dark chocolate brown color.
  • Wenge—From Tropical West Africa. Dark brown to black with fine veining. The texture is rather coarse and it's a hard, heavy wood.
  • Zebra—From West Africa. Sometimes called Zebrano, the wood is strong and stiff, with fairly high density. However, the wood is much more frequently used for its bold and unique striping.