Woods

All woods are selected by Shiruba Tree to provide you with a variety of colour and strength, the wood is hand worked and used in a solid state to ensure strength remains.

Exotic woods are bought from responsible timber yards to ensure that the woods supplied are not directly affecting deforestation. If you would like a different wood that you do not see here, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Some of the woods may be out of stock from time to time but please send us an email, as we may have enough for a small order, or we can let you know when we will have a replenished stock.

African Blackwood

Origin: East Africa

Properties: A rich hardwood with excellent durability, African Blackwood takes up to three years to season fully. It has straight, even grains and is very even textured to touch.

Other facts: Known as Mpingo in Tanzania, its durability means the wood is widely used. A popular choice for musical instruments, it is often used on
piano keys and bagpipes.

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American Cherry

Origin: East Africa

Properties: A rich hardwood with excellent durability, African Blackwood takes up to three years to season fully. It has straight, even grains and is very even textured to touch.

Other facts: Known as Mpingo in Tanzania, its durability means the wood is widely used. A popular choice for musical instruments, it is often used on
piano keys and bagpipes.

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Beech

Origin: Central Europe and the UK

Properties: Ranging from white to pale brown, Beech has straight grains and an even finish. It seasons quickly and can contain rich, dark veins through the grain of the wood adding character to the finish.

Other facts: Its robustness means that Beech is often used for solid furniture such as desks and kitchenware. Due to its pronounced grain it is also commonly used in decorative veneers.

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Amboyna Burl

Origin: The Philippines

Properties: A durable and highly resistant wood, Amboyna takes three years to season fully. The ‘burr’ is a deformity in the tree trunk wood that causes the grains to form complex patterns that give a flame-like effect.

Other facts: Amboyna is especially valued as the wood’s rich colours give the complex patterns extra vibrancy. The sought after wood is frequently used in high-end furniture production.

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Cocobolo

Origin: Central America

Properties: Newly cut cocobolo is a mix of deep reds with orange and yellow ribbons. As the colours settle the wood develops streaks of black and purple. An exceptionally robust wood, cocobolo has a layer of oil on its surface that protects it and ensures its rich tones remain years into the future.

Other facts: In the past cocobolo was used to make police truncheons due to its exceptional hardness. However, it now has more peaceful uses and is a particularly popular with jewellers for its unique appearance.

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Ebony

Origin: Africa

Properties: Famed for its black finish, the strength of ebony is well known. After seasoning the wood needs little maintenance due to the oils it contains. Ebony is endangered. Exotic woods are bought from responsible timber yards to ensure that the woods supplied are not directly affecting deforestation.

Other facts: Traditionally used for black piano keys, ebony is also used in string instruments including guitars and cellos. It was also used for chess pieces and even in the handgrips of early pistols.

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Kingwood

Origin: South America, especially Brazil

Properties: A violet shade that can darken to black, Kingwood has a bright lustre and excellent finish. It is a heavy wood that can stand up to severe wear and tear. We have given it top grades on all of the measures we assess our woods on.

Other facts: Its unique colours and attention grabbing grains have made Kingwood a firm favourite of high end carpenters for decorative inlays. It was also used extensively in Georgian furniture.

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Maple

Origin: Canada and the USA

Properties: A familiar mix of white with straight tan grains, maple can grow up to 120ft in the wild. Though not as durable as hardwoods, maple seasons well and retains its colour over time. It benefits from preservative treatment to ensure its longevity.

Other facts: A popular choice for guitar makers, maple is often used on electric guitar necks for the warm tone it imparts. Its resistance to abrasion means it is the material used on bowling alleys and squash courts.

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Oak

Origin: Europe, parts of North Africa and North America

Properties: Depending on origin the wood changes from light tan to deep brown with combinations of straight and intricately curled grains. Exceptionally robust and with a naturally coarse texture, oak can be worked to a fine lustre and attractive smooth finish.

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Palo Santo

Origin: Central America & Caribbean

Properties: A hardwearing wood with an irregular, interlocking grain. The heartwood is a pale yellow whilst the sapwood ranges from greenish and dark browns and blacks.

Other facts: Being so hardwearing, Palo Alto is frequently used in naval architecture such as propellor bushes and shafts. It is also commonly used in bowling balls.

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Indian Rosewood

Origin: India

Properties: A narrowly interlocked grain that ranges in colour from a rose to a deepish purple. As is it two-and-a-half times stronger than oak it is difficult to work the wood by hand.

Other facts: Frequently used in musical instruments, including violin bows and organ pipes. It is also used in boatbuilding for its impressive durability.

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Snakewood

Origin: Tropical South America

Properties: Snakewood owes its name to its appearance, which resembles snakeskin due to its unique grains. However, in some cases it can look more spotty and like a leopardskin. The wood is extremely hard and heavy.

Other facts: Its strength and resistance make it a good choice for archery bows – it can be relied on to propel arrows at great force. It is also often used for drumsticks.

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Teak

Origin: South-east Asia and parts of Africa

Properties: True Burmese teak has a uniform dark golden brown heartwood that is free of markings and deepens to a richer colour when left exposed. Though only of a medium density, teak has excellent strength and duraility.

Other facts: Teak is well known for its use in high-end furniture. As it is strong though not too heavy it is also frequently used to make oars for boats.

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Thuya Burr

Origin: North Africa and Southern Spain. Also Cyprus, East Africa and Malta.

Properties: Thuya Burr is unusual in that it is the root that is of interest to carpenters. It is heavily coppiced to encourage root growth and has striking knotty, interlocking grains. Due to the quantity of natural oils in the wood it seasons and ages well.

Other facts: Due to its unique appearance, Thuya Burr is highly prized for decorative uses, such as jewellery boxes and decorative veneers.

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Brazilian Tulipwood

Origin: North-eastern Brazil

Properties: The sapwood is a solid yellow striped with distinctive light brown grains. It has a fine texture and high lustre. The strong wood can be polished into an exceptionally fine finish.

Other facts: A classic choice for cabinetmakers, Brazilian Tulipwood is used for many types of furnishings and decorative veneers.

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Walnut

Origin: Eastern US

Properties: Walnut comes in a range of colours, from pale brown to greys and purples. It normally has a straight grain but in some cases develops intricate curls. The popular wood has excellent resistance to decay.

Other facts: Its high degree of workability and pleasing appearance make walnut a popular choice for furniture makers. It is also popular for lathe-turned items, such as wooden bowls.

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Zebrano

Origin: West Africa.

Properties: The sapwood is a light yellow marked with distinctive dark bands from the grain. The zebra-pattern makes the wood highly sought after for decorative use. It requires treatment to ensure it lasts over time.

Other facts: Its main use is for decorative veneers, though it is also a popular choice for boatbuilders.

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