What you need to know

Selecting a type of wood species that fits your exact needs is very important to us at Oxbows. Our access to many different types of wood is another reason why Oxbows is the best choice for your custom furniture. Read more about the different types of wood and the qualities that make it the best choice for you.

Walnut is the only North American hardwood that has a rich, dark-colored wood. It is a favorite of woodworkers because of its color, grain and reliability in producing beautiful furnishings and other products.

Walnut trees tend to grow with few bends which leads to straight wood grain. While the sapwood of walnut can be a light creamy color, it is best identified by its classic dark chocolate brown wood and tight, straight grain. Most walnut is kiln-dried and has a dull brown appearance, but air-dried walnut lumber can take on a slightly purplish hue.

The wood takes finishes and stains well. Polishing can produce an extremely smooth final product. All woods develop a patina over the years and walnut is no exception. The deep brown gains added luster as the wood ages.

Contrary to popular belief, the cottonwood that we have worked with over the years has proven to supply most durable, rare, and beautiful slabs of wood we’ve ever seen. Although hard to work with, we’ve found it’s worth the struggle once the multicolored grains begin to unfurl.

Specifically, cottonwood burl is the most awe-striking, leaving a marble hue that captivates. Cottonwood’s heartwood tends to be a beautiful light brown. Its sapwood is a pale yellow to nearly white, and isn’t clearly demarcated, tending to gradually blend into the heartwood.

Cedar’s heartwood tends to be a reddish or violet-brown. The sapwood is soft yellow color, and can appear throughout the heartwood as streaks and stripes. It has a straight grain, usually with knots present that add to the character of the wood. Its fine, even texture makes it easy to work with and long-lasting.

The oil in the wood causes its pleasant, unmistakable aroma-especially around the knots. Aromatic Red Cedar glues and finishes well, though in many applications, the wood is left unfinished to preserve its wonderful aromatic properties.

Much of the pine that we work with here at Oxbows was affected by the pine beetle. This leaves behind a blue stain that causes the wood to have multi-colored swirls that are teeming with character. After the wood is treated and dried, the artistry begins.

Another hardwood that we commonly use here at Oxbows is white oak. White oak’s color is light brown, and when oil is applied, the gold hues begin to shine through. It’s an extremely dense hardwood that is highly sought-after by wood workers all over the country. It makes an excellent dining or conference table for generations.

Mulberry is a vigorous, spindly-growing tree unless allowed to age. When mulberry comes off the saw mill, it appears bright yellow and green, but dries to a brownish-orange hue. It is not commonly used by woodworkers because of the rarity to find it in good condition. When found, however, furniture made from mulberry can be the most beautiful piece in your home.