All woods are distinctive with their own interesting characteristics. The examples shown are what I have available locally. A few of the domestics actually come right out of the city of Minneapolis depending on availability. Oak is our most popular species and is shown in all the shop photos. If there is a wood species that you need specifically, just ask and I will see if I can find it. Please note that what is shown may not be exactly what you receive as every piece of wood is unique.
Ash is very similar in appearance and characteristics, to red oak. It is almost identical in grain pattern, but without the pink overtones. Sapwood is typically creamy white to pale straw colored, with red-brown heart stock.
Beech is typically a pale cream color, sometimes with a pink or brown hue. Has lots of little flecks in the grain that distinguish it from other blonde woods. Native to Europe and the Eastern North America.
Elm is a ring porous wood like oak and ash. Thus, it has an open, coarse grain. The grain is often very irregular and wild. Harvested locally from trees taken down in the city. Very limited availability.
Purpleheart is generally straight grained, sometimes interlocked, with a fine even texture. Its creamy white sapwood and vibrant purple heartwood generally turns to a dark-purplish brown with age and exposure.