INTO THE WOODS
“Wood is so beautiful, versatile and full of character; the more you get to know it, the more it interests and intrigues.” Thomas Streeter
At Acorn Bespoke Carpentry and Joinery, we use a range of different wood species depending on the natural characteristics of the timber and your personal preference. Explore the different woods we use – we’ll be delighted to help you choose the wood that best suits you.
American Black Walnut
The heartwood can range from a lighter pale brown to a dark chocolate brown with darker brown streaks. Colour can sometimes have a grey, purple, or reddish cast. The sapwood is pale yellow-grey to almost white. We mostly use American Black walnut for one-off pieces of furniture; or in our veneered boards for wardrobes and fitted furniture.
Ash has a light creamy sheen with reddy brown or olive-green streaks. It features attractive medium coarse grains with very few knots. This solid, smooth wood excels in fine furniture work and is a supremely good interior joinery timber.
The heartwood is a light pinkish brown when freshly cut, darkening to a medium reddish brown with time and upon exposure to light. The sapwood is a pale yellowish colour.
Cherry is a beautiful timber full of character. The heartwood can range from a lighter pale brown to a dark chocolate brown with darker brown streaks. The colour can sometimes have a grey, purple, or reddish cast. Sapwood is pale yellow-grey to nearly white.
The heartwood is light to medium reddish brown. Paler sapwood is usually well defined. As you will see in the picture, it is an extremely interesting timber. You never quite know what you are going to get until you start working with it, as it often has a lot of knots.
An extremely hard, heavy and dense hardwood, with high crushing and bending strength, low stiffness and resistance to shock loads. At Acorn, we use oak all the time in front doors, stairs, furniture and all kinds of made to measure joinery. It is our most popular timber and veneer by far.
African Idigbo is yellowish or light yellowish brown, more rarely light pinkish brown. The grain is fairly straight with local irregularities, sometimes slightly interlocked, producing an irregular stripe figure when quarter sawn. We would normally use Idigbo for external joinery applications where specified.
The heartwood is usually a yellow to golden or medium brown, with colour tending to darken over time. Pale yellow sapwood is clearly demarcated from the heartwood. Iroko has a medium to coarse texture, with open pores and an interlocked grain, making it challenging to work with. It is a very oily timber, and often used as a substitute for teak. We would normally use Iroko in external joinery applications.
The maple sapwood colour ranges from nearly white, to an off-white cream colour, sometimes with a reddish or golden hue. The heartwood tends to be a darker reddish brown. Hard maple can also be seen with curly or quilted grain patterns. The grain is generally straight, but may be wavy. The texture is fine and even. Maple is an extremely hard timber, so it is excellent for one off pieces of furniture.
The heartwood is a golden to dark reddish brown and the colour tends to darken with age. Besides the common ribbon pattern seen on quarter sawn boards, sapele is also known for a wide variety of other figured grain patterns, such as: pommele, quilted, mottled, wavy, beeswing, and fiddleback. It is an extremely durable timber, and takes paint well, so we often use sapele for our external painted bespoke joinery.
Its heartwood is a light to medium brown, darkening to a reddish brown with age. Narrow sapwood is well-defined and is pale white to light brown. The grain is straight to spiral or interlocked with a coarse, uneven texture. It is an extremely interesting timber with lots of character for bespoke furniture and veneers.
Tulipwood timber comes from various Eastern States of America. At Acorn, we use lots of tulip for our internal bespoke joinery and handmade kitchens. It has a soft texture and is predominantly pale cream to light green in colour, and often within each board there will be vivid purple and black colouring. Tulip is a very stable timber, with hardly any knots, and takes paint very well.
The Heartwood is a uniform medium reddish brown. Well-defined sapwood is a paler yellow. Utile lacks any of the dramatic figuring of grain that is common in the closely related sapele. We use lots of utile for external joinery as it is a very dense, stable timber that takes paint well.
The heartwood is medium brown, sometimes with a reddish or yellowish hue, with nearly black streaks. Upon application of a wood finish (particularly an oil finish) the wood can become nearly black. Its grain is straight, with a very coarse texture. At Acorn Bespoke Carpentry and Joinery, we would use wenge for stairs and furniture.