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We specialize in certain woods for certain furniture. While the Brendan Rocker and Ottoman is built in all woods, other pieces are typically built in specific woods. We do make most chair parts in advance in reasonable size batches, hence our "standard" woods. The Pacific Rocker is standard in Cherry, Walnut and Eastern Maple. Barstools are standard in Cherry, Walnut or Figured Western Maple. Dining chairs are standard in Cherry, Walnut and Eastern Maple. We can always make up a custom wood piece however the time to make the piece may take longer. We do not practice mass-production. Each person can and does build from start to finish, but we work in teams on small batches.
Cherry Prunus Serotina
traditional wood is native to North America, we get our Cherry from the Appalachian
plateau of Pennsylvania. A strong, close-grained hardwood, it
deepens to a rich reddish brown patina with age. Sunlight merely
accelerates this inevitable process. Sun will eventually start to bleach
the color, so maintain the richness of Cherry by avoiding windows!
Black Walnut Juglans nigra
This is commonly used "Walnut" from the eastern United States. With time Black Walnut will lighten to a tawny brown color.
Ash Fraxinus americana
A large tree which is a member of the Olive family growing to 115 feet in height. The wood is white, strong, and straight-grained. The name White Ash apparently derives from the glaucous undersides of the leaves. Ash trees only live to hundred years. It is the timber of choice for production of baseball bats and tool handles. The wood is also favorable for furniture and flooring. due to it's strength.
macrophyllum and Acer Saccarum
We use two kinds of maple. Broadleaf Maple or Acer macrophyllum is used for the Brendan Rocker, Barstools and Benches and is selected for intense figure and interesting color. We typically make our Maple dining chairs in Eastern Sugar Maple Acer Saccarum, also known as Rock Maple. Western Broadleaf Maple is a warmer color than the more common eastern Sugar Maple, which is more white. Most people do not want the figured Maple for an entire set because it is quite busy visually. Figured Maple on any Dining chairs is a special order and additional cost will apply.
Up to 120 feet tall and 9 feet in diameter, Broadleaf Maple has played an important role in the Pacific Northwest for millennia. It’s range extends from coastal, central British Columbia, Canada, all the way south to Southern California, U.S. I get my Maple from a local sawmill in Concrete WA which specializes in Figured Maple for stringed instruments.
Broadleaf Maples were an important resource to First Nations peoples, who
carved the wood and used the huge leaves as a cooking tool. Today this
Maple is an important wood for furniture, flooring and boatbuilding. One
in a hundred trees contain exotic grain like Tiger Maple and fiddleback,
or a wide range of twisted and curly figure. It is a tough strong wood
which cuts nice and clean, with excellent machining qualities. Broadleaf
Maples tend to be found in dry to moist sites that suffer from fire,
erosion, logging, and other disturbances. They are found in low to middle
elevation forests in monoculture stands or within mixed
Douglas-fir/Hemlock forests. Maple is also the principal forest species in
areas where the land is burned or logged.
Open-grained and streaked with pinks Mango is undoubtedly the most striking and rich woods we use. Moderate in density and hardness and "Tropical" in appearance due to it's lack of seasonal growth rings. Mango is prone to scuff marks. Greenish yellow when freshly sawn, I have to control the moisture during the drying process to encourage the pinks, purple and gray colors. Cultivated circum-globally I get my Mango from a one person sawmill operation on the island of Hawaii and is typically cut from residential areas. Mango is only available as a standard wood in the Brendan Rocker and Ottoman. Mango in any other furniture might require 3-4 months extra time depending on what we have in "loose" Mango boards.
Sapele Entandrophragma Cylindricum
Sapele is very similar to African
mahogany yet harder and denser, with a fine, interlocked grain. It may
also yield a wavy grain that produces a distinctive rowed figure on
quartered surfaces. Found in lower tropical rain forests and
tropical semi-evergreen rain forests throughout Africa, including West
Africa, Liberia, the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon,
Congo, Zaire and Angola, it works and finishes nicely, holding it's deep
reddish color well over time. I have chiosen to use Sapele because of it's
excellent machining properties and durability. A
relatively common and rapid growing tree it
is under commercial pressure from worldwide demand. While not endangered, the
conservation status of Bubinga is “vulnerable” or
“threatened” so we must use it with care.
Bubinga Guibourtia Demeusei
also known as African Rosewood or Buvenga
exotic wood from equatorial
east Africa, Bubinga (or
Kevazingo) is known for its deep
brownish-red color and dramatic highlights ranging from golden orange to
dark purple, as well as it's great strength and density. Its grain is
very fine and interlocking. Bubinga trees, which grow
near lakes and riverbeds as well as marshes, are fairly large, with logs
weighing up to 10 tons due to the wood’s density.
While not endangered, the conservation status of Bubinga is “vulnerable” or
“threatened” so we must use it with care.