Alder is a warm honey-red colored wood with a beautiful, subtle grain interspersed with fine lines and flecks produced by the tree’s annual growth rings. Domestic alder grows in a mile mile wide coastal strip along the Pacific coast from Canada almost to Mexico; European alder along.  The wood darkens to a warm reddish-brown color after being felled. Natural markings including pithy flecks and streaks add to the singular character to this wood. 

A favorite in modern interiors, beech is a straight grained wood with a very fine, even texture. While beech is naturally a creamy, almost white color, most beech is steamed, producing a consistent slightly pink hue in veneer. Flat cut veneers present a nice cathedral; quartered veneers carry a silvery fleck pattern. This specie produces a number of beautiful figures prized for interior architecture. 

This European fruit tree produces a very fine-grained wood with a uniform texture and a partial flame that is both beautiful and decorative. The wood is often pith-marked and occurs in colors from rosy cream to light reddish brown in both plain and figured logs. When fumed, pearwood turns a rich, dark brown; when stained black, it provides an excellent substitute for ebony.

Knotty spruce, characterized by its distinctive features, presents a charming and rustic aesthetic. The wood showcases a myriad of small, brown knots scattered throughout its surface, creating a unique and visually appealing texture. These knots add character to the spruce, bringing forth a sense of natural artistry. The uniform light color of the specie produces a natural radiance and a prominent striped grain, while the patterns formed by the knots contribute to the wood’s overall rustic charm. This wood variety is not only visually striking, but also carries a touch of authenticity, making it an excellent choice for those seeking a distinctive natural appeal in their furnishings or architectural elements.