Holy Olive Wood
Olive wood trees from the ancient city of Bethlehem, Israel (also known as Roman trees) have been bearing fruit since the time of the Romans. Many religious, historical, and artistic articles are made from this beautiful ancient wood. We have a good supply of olive wood from a Bethlehem company that specializes in harvesting this wood. Purchase includes certificates of authenticity and labels for your finished projects.
Special care was given during the selection process of this exotic biblical wood. The rich color and interesting veins are characteristic of the beautiful Bethlehem Olive Wood. The natural swirl and contrast of the Olive Wood grain will draw your mind.
Note: No tree was damaged or destroyed in the process of harvesting this wood.
Cocobolo (Dahlbergia retusa) belongs to the same genus as Brazilian rosewood, and in fact, has similar properties. Rosewood, however, likes South America's rain forests. Cocobolo prefers the drier, upland savanna country of Central America's Pacific Coast. Commonly found in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico.
A fair-sized Cocobolo tree can reach 75–80 ft in height and 3 ft in diameter. Only the heartwood is used; this is typically orange or reddish-brown in color, often with a figuring of darker irregular grain weaving through the wood. Rare speciemens occasionally contain streaks of green, purple, and blue. Color will age into a rich dark red over the years.
Yucantan Rosewood is typically fund in Central and South America; specifically Panama and Nicaragua. These trees can be 65-100 ft tall with a 2-3 ft trunk diameter. Typically, a cinnamon brown, heartwood color can be highly variable, ranging from a light brown to a deep, russet brown. Grain tends to be somewhat hidden, but darker streaks or swirled grain is occasionally present. Only heartwood is used.
Zebrawood is characterized by a striped figure that is reminiscent of a zebra. The name originally applied to the wood of Astronium graveolens, a large tree native to Central America. In the 20th century, the most important source of zebrawood was Microberlinia brazzavillensis,a tree native to Central Africa. Today most Zebrawood lumber is imported from West Africa.
Most specimens grow to 65-130 ft tall with 4-5 ft trunk diameter.
The heartwood is a pale golden yellow, distinct from the very pale color of the sapwood and features narrow streaks of dark brown to black. Zebrawood can also be a pale brown with regular or irregular marks of dark brown in varying widths. It is almost always quartersawn to get the exciting alternating color pattern.
Black Palm trees are grow in tropical Asia and Africa. they grow to 65-100 ft tall with 2-3 ft trunk diameter.
Black Palm has a medium to fine texture, though it is by no means even or uniform on account of the contrast between the dense, darker fibers, and the soft, lighter cellulose structure of the wood. Grain is very straight, and contains no growth rings, knots, or defects. color tones range from creamy to tan with black to dark brown fibers.
Padauk is harvested from Central and tropical west Africa. Average tree size is 100-130 ft tall, with a 2-4 ft trunk diameter.
Heartwood color can vary, ranging from a pale pinkish orange to a deep brownish red. Most pieces tend to start as a very reddish orange when freshly cut, darkening substantially over time if exposed to sunlight fades to a warm maroon brown.
Native to tropical regions of Central and South America, where they occur in tropical rainforests. Purpleheart comes from the rainforests of Brazil, Guyana, and Suriname. They are medium-sized to large trees growing to 100–160 ft tall with trunk diameters of up to 5 ft.
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.
Caesalpinia echinata known as Redheart grows wild in southern Mexico to southern Brazil and Paraguay. Tree size range from 50-65 ft tall with 1-1.5 ft trunk diameter.
Aptly named, in some instances freshly surfaced Redheart can be a very bright, watermelon red—though color can vary in intensity and hue from board to board: anywhere from a light orange/pink, to a darker brownish red. In some cases, it can look quite similar to Bloodwood, though usually with a more visible and figured grain pattern. Redheart’s vibrant color quickly fades to a reddish brown if exposed to direct sunlight.
Euxylophora paraensis known as Yellowheart orginates in Brazil and grows to 130 ft tall with a 5 ft trunk diameter.
Heartwood color ranges from pale to golden yellow, darkening only slightly with age.
Bocote is imported from Mexico and Central/South America. These trees range from 65-100 ft tall with a 3-5 ft trunk diameter
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.
This species is native to Southern Mexico, Central America, and northern South America. Tree size range from 100-130 ft tall with a 2-4 ft trunk diameter.
Heartwood is dark reddish brown to nearly black, sometimes with a strong purple hue. Pieces with curly or wavy grain are not uncommon.
Chechen is native to Dominican Republic, Cuba, Jamaica, Guatemala, Belize, and southeastern Mexico. Tree size range 50-115 ft tall with a 3-5 ft trunk diameter.
Heartwood color is highly varied, with red, orange, and brown contrasted with darker stripes of blackish brown. Color tends to shift to a darker reddish brown with age.
East Indian Rosewood
This species of Rosewood derives from India, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia. Trees can grow to 100 ft tall with a 4 ft trunk diameter.
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 rich brown.
Sapele Mahogany is native to tropical parts of Africa. Trees average 100-150 ft tall with 3-5 ft trunk diameter.
Heartwood is a golden to dark reddish brown. Color tends to darken with age. Besides the common ribbon pattern seen on quartersawn boards.
Known as Brazilian teak it is native to Northern South America.Tree size range from 130-160 ft tall with a 3-5 ft trunk diameter.
Heartwood tends to be a medium to dark brown, sometimes with a reddish or purplish hue; some pieces may have streaks of yellowish or copper brown.
White and Red Oak stretch from Eastern to Midwest in America. Trees can reach 65-85 ft tall with a 3-4 ft trunk diameter.
Heartwood is a light to medium brown, commonly with an olive cast. Nearly white to light brown sapwood is not always sharply demarcated from the heartwood. Quartersawn sections display holographic patterns. Conversely, Red Oak tends to be slightly redder, but is by no means a reliable method of determining the type of oak.
Also known as Black Cherry it commonly grows from Eastern North America to the Midwest. Average tee size is 50-100 ft tall with a 3-5 ft trunk diameter.
Heartwood is a light pinkish brown when freshly cut, darkening to a medium reddish brown with time and upon exposure to light. Sapwood is a pale yellowish color.
Known in Europe simply as “Walnut,” or “Common Walnut,” English Walnut (Juglans regia) is the source of what are the most common form of edible walnuts for human consumption. Branches of English Walnut are sometimes grafted onto the trunk of Claro Walnut trees in Californian walnut orchards to take advantage of the latter tree’s roots, which are better suited to the locale and produce more fruit.
Heartwood can range from a lighter pale brown to a dark chocolate brown with darker brown streaks. Color can sometimes have a gray, purple, or reddish cast. Sapwood is nearly white. European Walnut can occasionally also be found with figured grain patterns such as: curly, crotch, and burl.