Wood! What’s to know?

All of our members create such beautifully crafted pieces, and we often see an interest in the types of wood used, what is it, how does it become that gorgeous color, is it easy to work with, and the like. Read on to learn more about the different types of wood many of our Guild members craft use in their furniture-making. 


Tiger Maple Wood 

Tiger maple is a hardwood with a distinctive, wavy pattern that often resembles tiger stripes. It’s also known as curly maple. Tiger maple’s durability and its variety of patterns make the wood popular with woodworkers and craftsmen who want to design a unique, decorative piece of furniture.






Shown here: Contemporary Cabriole Leg Table Extension Table
Member: Jas. Becker Cabinet Maker 
Price: $6,000


Cherry Wood 

Cherry wood is one of the most notorious hardwoods in the US. It’s a smooth-grained, reddish-brown hardwood that comes from the American Black Cherry fruit tree.

Cherry is frequently used for its rich color and easy aging process. It often starts out a light pink in color and darkens over time to a rich, darker red hue. 





Shown here: Montpelier Cherry Secretary
Member: Paul R. Donio of Hawk Ridge Furniture 
Price: $2,450


Birdseye Maple

Bird’s eye is a type of figure that occurs within several kinds of wood, most notably in hard maple. Only about 1%  of all maple trees contain the birdseye maple figure. It has a distinctive pattern that resembles tiny swirls that disrupt the smooth lines of grain. 








Shown here: Sugar Maple Taffy Table
Member: David Hurwitz Originals Custom Wood Furniture
Price: $2,100


Walnut Wood

Walnut wood is lumber cut from the trees of the Juglans genus. This wood is popular for furniture-making due to its strength, coloring, and its ability to be shaped and carved. It often comes from a moderate size tree, which grows to be about 100 ft.  tall, with a trunk that can be up to 60″ in diameter. The color of the wood ranges from light to dark brown to chocolate brown. The color of walnut varies from species to species and it can also be affected by the area where it grows. 

Shown here: Modern Walnut Writing Desk 
Member: Pete E. Michelinie Fine Furniture
Price: $7,400
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