All of our furniture is made with Hardwood. Each wood species has its own unique look. Even two pieces of furniture made of the same wood and stain never look exactly alike because of the variation of the wood. There are quite a few options and we know they can be a bit confusing. Read about them individually below.
The traditional hardwood of Amish Furniture for many years known for its durability and functionality. It is used in approx. half of all hardwood furniture. It is plentiful in the Northeast making it the most cost effective and popular hardwood.
A casual observer will not be able to tell the difference between a piece of furniture made of Brown Maple or Cherry. It's made its appearance in the furniture market only recently but has become quite popular because it looks like Cherry but is priced similarly to Oak.
A form of Brown Maple with mineral streaks and color variations caused by the Ambrosia Beetle. The beetle infests the maple tree and deposits its larvae that worm into the tree and discolor the wood.
One of the most traditional hardwoods for furniture. Typically used in a formal Dining Room with a darker stain creating an upscale feel. It is one of the most costly of all the hardwoods.
The "character" version of Cherry makes a piece of furniture more economical and with more variation. The lumber is not graded as hard leaving the knots and variations to tell the "story" of the wood.
Similar to Rustic Cherry but usually doesn't have as many knots. The "SAP" being the outer part of the tree that has last grown vs the center "Heartwood" of the center of the tree. Color variations from the new to the old create a contrast.
Quartersawn White Oak
Visit an antique store that carries furniture and you will most likely find a piece that is made of QSWO. The wood is cut at angles to produce a cross-grain cut characterized by wild stripes.
The "character" version of QSWO. The tree's story is not sorted out but is built into the furniture. The unique markings allow you to see the story of the tree.
Characterized by unpredictable and zigzagging grain, we often get asked if Elm is a veneer. It is a Premium wood because it is a bit harder to find and difficult to work with.
The hardest and heaviest hardwood that we carry. With lots of variations and grains, the color can jump around a bit. It is often used in cabinetry and flooring because of it's durability.
The "character" version of Hickory. Includes the knots and imperfections giving your piece of furniture a more rustic look.
Walnut is one of the most beautiful natural woods. It is most often show cased on live edge furniture. With deep brown colors with lighter variations, it makes a formal. It is also paired with Wormy Maple to give a natural 2 tone variation.
So which is the best wood? There really is no best wood. Creating a look that you like can be done with almost any wood although it will look a bit different on each wood. No matter what product you purchase, each is made from Hardwood.