Exotic Hardwoods

One of Southern California's largest selections including Anegre, Bocote, Bubinga, Cocobolo, Ebony Gaboon and Macassar, Lacewood, Rosewoods, Shedua, Wenge and MANY MORE!

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Anegre

Anegre

Color/Appearance: Heartwood is a light yellowish-brown, sometimes with a pinkish hue. Color tends to darken to a more golden brown with age. Grain/Pore: Has a medium texture with closed pores similar to maple. Growth rings aren’t always well-defined, and the wood can be rather plain-looking; thoug...

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Afromosia

Afromosia

Color/Appearance: Heartwood is typically a yellowish brown, occasion will have an either reddish or olive hue. Color tends to darken with age. Grain/Pore: Afrormosia has a fine texture and small pores. The grain is usually straight, though it can also be interlocked. Endgrain: Diffuse-porous; small ...

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Bocote

Bocote

Color/Appearance: Has a yellowish brown body with dramatic dark brown to almost black stripes. Color tends to darken with age. Also, the grain patterning can be quite striking, particularly on flatsawn areas. It’s not uncommon to see many “eyes” and other figuring in Bocote: though unlike knot...

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Balsa

Balsa

Color/Appearance: Heartwood tends to be a pale reddish brown color, though it is not commonly seen in commercial lumber. Most boards/blocks of Balsa are from the sapwood, which is a white to off-white or tan color, sometimes with a pink or yellow hue. Grain/Pore: Balsa has a medium to coarse texture...

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Bubinga

Bubinga

Color/Appearance: Heartwood ranges from a pinkish red to a darker reddish brown with darker purple or black streaks. Sapwood is a pale straw color and is clearly demarcated from the heartwood. Grain/Pore: Has a very fine texture and small pores. Grain is often interlocked. Bubinga is very frequently...

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Bloodwood

Bloodwood

Color/Appearance: A bright, vivid red. Color can darken to a darker brownish red over time with exposure to light and air. Applying a thick protective finish, and keeping the wood out of direct sunlight can help minimize this color shift. Grain/Pore: Has a fine texture with small pores. Grain is usu...

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Canary

Canary

Color/Appearance: Heartwood color can vary a fair amount, from a pale yellow-orange to a darker reddish brown, usually with darker streaks throughout. The color tends to darken with age: see the article Preventing Color Changes in Exotic Woods for more information. Grain/Pore: Has a medium texture a...

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Cocobolo

Cocobolo

Color/Appearance: Cocobolo can be seen in a kaleidoscope of different colors, ranging from yellow, orange, red, and shades of brown with streaks of black or purple. Sapwood is typically a very pale yellow. Colors are lighter when freshly sanded/cut, and darken with age; for more information, see the...

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Camaru

Camaru

Color/Appearance: Heartwood tends to be a medium to dark brown, sometimes with a reddish or purplish hue; some pieces may have streaks of yellowish or greenish brown. Unlike most other woods, Cumaru’s color tends to lighten with exposure to light. Grain/Pore: Has a fine, uniform grain and texture,...

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Ebony Black & White

Ebony Black & White

Color/Appearance: No data available. Grain/Pore: No data available. Endgrain: Diffuse-porous; small to medium pores in no specific arrangement; solitary and radial multiples of 2-3; heartwood deposits occasionally present; growth rings indistinct; rays not visible without lens; parenchyma reticulate...

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Ebony Gaboon

Ebony Gaboon

Color/Appearance: Heartwood is usually jet-black, with little to no variation or visible grain. Occasionally dark brown or grayish-brown streaks may be present. Grain/Pore: Very fine pores and fine texture. The grain is usually straight but can also be interlocked. Endgrain: Diffuse-porous; small-me...

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Ebony Macassar

Ebony Macassar

Color/Appearance: Has a dramatic striped appearance, somewhat similar to Zebrawood. Light to reddish brown body with darker brown or black stripes. Grain/Pore: Has a very fine texture and small pores. The grain is usually straight, but can sometimes be interlocked. Endgrain: Diffuse-porous; small-me...

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Goncalo Alves

Goncalo Alves

Color/Appearance: Heartwood is typically a medium reddish brown with irregularly spaced streaks of dark brown to black. Color tends to darken with age. Grain/Pore: Grain can be straight, but is usually wavy or interlocked. Goncalo Alves has a fine, uniform texture with very small pores. Endgrain: Di...

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Ipe

Ipe

Color/Appearance: Heartwood can vary in color from a reddish brown, to a more yellowish olive brown, to a dark blackish brown; sometimes with contrasting darker brown/black stripes. In certain species, there are powdery yellow deposits within the wood. Ipe can be difficult to distinguish visually fr...

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Jatoba

Jatoba

Color/Appearance: Wood can vary in color, from a lighter orange-brown, to a darker reddish brown, which tends to become darker with age. The grain patterns are usually bland and undefined, though the wood has a certain depth of luster that’s hard to define. There are sometimes contrasting darker g...

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Koa

Koa

Color/Appearance: Color can be highly variable, but tends to be medium golden or reddish brown, similar to Mahogany. There are usually contrasting bands of color in the growth rings, and it is not uncommon to see boards with ribbon-like streaks of color. Boards figured with wavy and/or curly grain a...

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Kingswood Brazilian

Kingswood Brazilian

Color/Appearance: Heartwood is a dark purplish or reddish brown with darker black streaks. Sapwood is a pale yellow. Grain/Pore: Pores are medium to small. Grain is usually straight, with a fine texture. Can occasionally have interlocking grain. Endgrain: Diffuse-porous; small pores in no specific a...

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Leopardwood

Leopardwood

Color/Appearance: Has a very conspicuous flecking that gives this wood its namesake. The wood itself is a medium to dark reddish brown with grey or light brown rays, which resemble the spots of a leopard. Like other woods that exhibit the strongest figure in quartersawn pieces, (such as Sycamore), L...

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Merbau

Merbau

Color/Appearance: Has an orangish-brown color when freshly cut, which ages to a darker reddish-brown. Color between boards can be highly variable. There are also small yellow mineral deposits found throughout the wood, making it easier to separate from other lookalikes. (These yellow deposits are wa...

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Mesquite

Mesquite

Color/Appearance: Heartwood tends to be a reddish brown, which darkens with age. Sapwood is yellow in color, and tends to be thin. Grain/Pore: Honey Mesquite has a medium to coarse texture and open pores, with a slight natural luster. Clear portions of the trunk tend to have straight or wavy grain: ...

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Makore

Makore

Color/Appearance: Pink or reddish brown, commonly with a mottled or wavy grain pattern. Figured grain patterns are commonly seen in Makore, and include: mottled, curly, wavy, and moire. Grain/Pore: Makore has a fine texture with closed pores. It also tends to have a natural luster and shine from its...

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Pau Amarillo

Pau Amarillo

Color/Appearance: Heartwood color ranges from pale to golden yellow, darkening slightly with age. Sapwood is a pale yellow/white. Grain/Pore: Yellowheart has a fine texture and a naturally high luster. Its pores are very small: usually no grain filler is necessary to achieve a smooth and flat finish...

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Padauk

Padauk

Color/Appearance: Heartwood color can vary, ranging from a pale pinkish orange to a deep brownish red. Most pieces tend to start reddish orange when freshly cut, darkening substantially over time to a reddish/purplish brown. Padauk’s initial orange coloration can be preserved through various finis...

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Pau Ferro

Pau Ferro

Color/Appearance: Color can be highly varied, ranging from reddish/orange to a dark violet/brown, usually with darker black streaks. Grain/Pore: Pau Ferro has very small pores and a fine, even texture that has a naturally high luster. (Though depending on the particular species, the wood can have a ...

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Purple Heart

Purple Heart

Color/Appearance: When freshly cut the heartwood of Purpleheart is a dull grayish/purplish brown. Upon exposure the wood becomes a deeper eggplant purple. With further age and exposure to UV light, the wood becomes a dark brown with a hint of purple. This color-shift can be slowed and minimized by ...

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Peruvian Walnut

Peruvian Walnut

Color/Appearance: Peruvian Walnut tends to be darker than the species coming from North America or Europe, with a deep chocolate brown color. The wood will sometimes have a purplish hue, and may also contain streaks of lighter-colored wood mixed throughout the heartwood. Grain/Pore: Peruvian Walnut ...

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Rosewood Tiger

Rosewood Tiger

Color/Appearance: Amazon Rosewood tends to be an orange or reddish brown, with darker contrasting streaks. Lighter yellowish sapwood is clearly demarcated from heartwood. Overall, Amazon Rosewood bears a close resemblance to Brazilian Rosewood, both on the facegrain and also the endgrain. Grain/Pore...

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Rosewood East Indian

Rosewood East Indian

Color/Appearance: Heartwood of East Indian Rosewood can vary from a golden brown to a deep purplish brown, with darker brown streaks. The wood darkens with age, usually becoming a deep brown. Grain/Pore: Has a medium texture and fairly small pores. The grain is usually narrowly interlocked. Endgrain...

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Rosewood Honduras

Rosewood Honduras

Color/Appearance: Heartwood color can range from a deep brownish-purple to a light-brown. Most common is a brownish-mauve color, as seen in the scan(s) below. Sapwood is a pale yellow. Grain/Pore: Has small to medium sized pores and a somewhat fine texture. Endgrain: Semi-ring-porous; small to large...

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Rosewood Tulipwood

Rosewood Tulipwood

Color/Appearance: Heartwood is streaked with yellows, reds, oranges, and pinks. Color and figure can be highly variegated. Grain/Pore: Pores are open and medium-sized. Grain is usually straight, with a fine texture. Endgrain: Semi-ring-porous; medium sized earlywood pores, small latewood pores, soli...

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Santos Mahogany

Santos Mahogany

Color/Appearance: There is a fair degree of color variation between boards of Santos Mahogany, ranging from a lighter golden brown to a darker purplish red or burgundy. The color tends to turn more red/purple with age. Quartersawn sections can show a striped or ribbon pattern. Grain/Pore: Grain is u...

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Wenge

Wenge

Color/Appearance: Heartwood is a very dark brown with black streaks. But unlike most other woods, Wenge is reported to become lighter when exposed to light. Grain/Pore: Has a straight grain and a coarse texture. Wenge also has very large pores that can present a challenge to fill if a perfectly smoo...

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Zircote

Zircote

Color/Appearance: Color ranges from medium to dark brown, sometimes with either a green or purple hue, with darker bands of black growth rings intermixed. Ziricote has a very unique appearance, which is sometimes referred to as “spider-webbing” or “landscape” grain figure. Quartersawn surfa...

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Zebrawood

Zebrawood

Color/Appearance: Heartwood is a light brown or cream color with dark blackish brown streaks vaguely resembling a zebra’s stripes. Depending on whether the wood is flatsawn or quartersawn, the stripes can be either chaotic and wavy (flatsawn), or somewhat uniform (quartersawn). Grain/Pore: Has a f...

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