American Black Walnut


The Heartwood can range from a lighter pale brown to a dark chocolate brown with darker brown streaks. Color can sometimes have a grey, purple, or reddish cast. Sapwood is pale yellow-gray to nearly white. At Acorn we mostly use American Black walnut for one off pieces of furniture. Or in our veneered boards for wardrobes and fitted furniture.

Ash


The Heartwood can range from a lighter pale brown to a dark chocolate brown with darker brown streaks. Color can sometimes have a grey, purple, or reddish cast. Sapwood is pale yellow-gray to nearly white. At Acorn we mostly use American Black walnut for one off pieces of furniture. Or in our veneered boards for wardrobes and fitted furniture.

Beech


Heartwood is a light pinkish brown when freshly cut, darkening to a medium reddish brown with time and upon exposure to light. Sapwood is a pale yellowish color. Cherry is a beautiful timber full of character. Have a look at the desks we have made out of solid and veneered cherry in our freestanding furniture section.

Cherry


The Heartwood can range from a lighter pale brown to a dark chocolate brown with darker brown streaks. Color can sometimes have a grey, purple, or reddish cast. Sapwood is pale yellow-gray to nearly white. At Acorn we mostly use American Black walnut for one off pieces of furniture. Or in our veneered boards for wardrobes and fitted furniture.

Elm


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.

European Oak


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. You will see examples of our solid Oak front doors and frames in our made to measure joinery section. Also stairs and furniture. It is our most popular timber and veneer by far.

Idigbo


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.

Iroko


Heartwood is usually a yellow to golden or medium brown, with color 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 difficult 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.

Maple


Maple Sapwood color ranges from nearly white, to an off-white cream color, 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. Has a fine, even texture. Maple is an extremely hard timber, so excellent for one off pieces of furniture.

Sapele


Heartwood is a golden to dark reddish brown. Color tends to darken with age. Besides the common ribbon pattern seen on quartersawn boards, Sapele is also known for a wide variety of  other figured grain patterns, such as: pommele, quilted, mottled, wavy, beeswing, and fiddleback. The Grain is interlocked, and sometimes wavy. It is an extremely durable timber, and takes paint well. So we use Sapele for our external painted joinery.

Sweet Chestnut


It’s 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. As you can see from the picture, it is an extremely interesting timber with lots of Character. We would mostly use Sweet chestnut for furniture and veneers.

Tulip


Tulipwood timber comes from various Eastern States of America. At Acorn we use lots of Tulip for our internal joinery and made to measure 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. It also takes paint very well.

Utilie


The Heartwood is a uniform medium reddish brown. Well-defined sapwood is a paler yellow. Generally lacks any dramatic figuring of grain that is common in the closely related Sapele. We use lots of Utile for external joinery. It is a very dense timber, stable and takes paint well

Wenge


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. It’s Grain is straight, with a very coarse texture. At Acorn we would use Wenge for stairs and furniture

Ironmongery

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MFC / Veneers

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Sheet Material

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Finishes

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