Woods

At Burford Woodcraft, a variety of different woods are used in our products and if you are purchasing an item from our online shop or planning on commissioning a piece, you may find the following information useful in identifying and choosing a wood.

Typical grain pattern and colour of Ash - click to search for woodwork pieces available in Ash

Ash

This native wood ranges in colour from cream to tan with straight to wavy open grain.

Typical grain pattern and colour of Brown Oak - click to search for woodwork pieces available in Brown Oak

Brown Oak

This is oak that has been changed in colour ranging from golden to dark brown. It's caused by the tree being attacked by the Beef-steak fungus through an open wound.

Typical grain pattern and colour of Burr Elm - click to search for woodwork pieces available in Burr Elm

Burr Elm

A rich brown with an open grain and attractive burr figuring.

Typical grain pattern and colour of Cherry - click to search for woodwork pieces available in Cherry

Cherry

Shades range from pale orange brown to a rich red with a straight grain and fairly fine even texture. It darkens with age.

Typical grain pattern and colour of Ebony - click to search for woodwork pieces available in Ebony

Ebony

This is mainly black with lighter shades, speckles or stripes of grey or dark brown.

Typical grain pattern and colour of Elm - click to search for woodwork pieces available in Elm

Elm

A dull to rich brown with an open grain and sometimes with small burrs (pin knots).

Typical grain pattern and colour of Laburnum - click to search for woodwork pieces available in Laburnum

Laburnum

Golden brown in colour going through to dark green with well marked figuring.

Typical grain pattern and colour of Maple - click to search for woodwork pieces available in Maple

Maple

A creamy white wood with little figure.

Typical grain pattern and colour of Oak - click to search for woodwork pieces available in Oak

Oak

A rich honey brown colour - strong and durable with a distinctive grain pattern.

Typical grain pattern and colour of Spalted Ash - click to search for woodwork pieces available in Spalted Ash

Spalted Ash

Pale cream through to honey brown, sometimes with a fine tracery of black lines. It is caused by fungal growth adding extra interest to the grain pattern.

Typical grain pattern and colour of Spalted Beech - click to search for woodwork pieces available in Spalted Beech

Spalted Beech

Pale cream through to brown with a fine tracery of black lines caused by fungal growth.

Typical grain pattern and colour of Sycamore - click to search for woodwork pieces available in Sycamore

Sycamore

A white to creamy white wood with a natural lustre and a fine close even texture.

Typical grain pattern and colour of Walnut - click to search for woodwork pieces available in Walnut

Walnut

This is a rich dark brown to purplish black with greyish sapwood.

Typical grain pattern and colour of Wenge - click to search for woodwork pieces available in Wenge

Wenge

A dark chocolate brown wood with almost black veins. It is straight grained and very dense.

Typical grain pattern and colour of Yew - click to search for woodwork pieces available in Yew

Yew

A very dense, soft wood, light tan to dark brown orange, sometimes streaked with cream sapwood or purple tints and knots. It darkens with age.

About the information above

Please bear in mind that the descriptions and images above are intended for use as a guide only. Timber can vary in colour and grain pattern from tree to tree within the same species.

Wood care

For tips and advice on caring for your woodcraft, please see our wood care page.