Traditional Timbers

Here at TG Timbercraft we are passionate about wood, and we feel it is important that you to understand the basic facts about the timber we use.

We stock a wide variety of timber including many exotic woods. Although the choice of local wood is limited we are currently attempting to source more local timber as we believe it is important to support local business. We only buy timber if our supplier is able to convince us that the wood is responsibly sourced, so when considering the rare and exotic timbers you can be sure you are buying responsibly.

Below is a list of the traditional timbers we have in stock at present. We have tried to provide you with a feel for the colour, origin, and relative cost, (£ cheapest to £££££ most expensive), of each timber, together with any specific points or interesting facts.

American Black Walnut

American Black WalnutColour  Heartwood is a chocolate brown with very dark purple/brown streaks.
Origin  Eastern North America.
Key Features  There is a stark contrast in the appearance of heart wood, which is a chocolaty brown and sap wood which is an off white/cream with a pinky tinge.
Relative Price  ££££

The black walnut grows to heights of 30–40 meters (98–130 ft). The wood is one of a handful of naturally dark hardwoods and is used to make fine furniture, wall paneling and veneers.

 
 

Beech

BeechColour  Pale cream with pinkish brown hue
Origin  Europe
Key Features  Beech is widely used throughout Europe. It works well and has excellent bending capabilities.
Relative Price  ££

Beech trees can grow to around 130 feet tall and are found across much of Europe and North America. The timber is used in lots of different areas of woodwork, often it is used in carcass construction where strength is required, but as it is quite a plain looking wood it is not frequently used in a decorative way.
 

Cherry

CheeryColour  Light pinkish brown
Origin  Europe
Key Features  With exposure to sunlight cherry will change to golden brown colour over time.
Relative Price  £££

Weather it is built in cabinets or freestanding pieces of handcrafted furniture this beautiful fruitwood adds a touch of class to any home.

 
 

 

Douglas-fir

Douglas FirColour  Light brown with a hint of red and darker streaks in the growth rings
Origin  Western North America
Key Features  A strong timber, particularly resistant to bending forces. Used in the building industry on account of its strength, also quite decorative when quarter sawn and the growth rings are viewed side on.
Relative Price  ££

Douglas-firs are very large trees and have been recorded at as much as 393 feet tall, second only to the giant redwood. Although used mainly in the building industry the timber can also be quite successfully used to make pine furniture and other household pieces.

Iroko

Iroko

Colour  Golden to medium brown
Origin  Tropical Africa
Key Features  Particularly suited to outdoor furniture construction
Relative Price  £££

Similar to Teak in every way, except the price, Iroko is often considered a good Teak substitute. It works well, holds a nice finish and is the ideal choice for garden furniture.

 

 
 

Maple

Maple

Colour  Off white / pale cream
Origin  Canada & North America
Key Features  Maple is a very hard wood often used as flooring, so hard in fact that it is the flooring of choice for bowling allies. It also makes fine chopping boards.
Relative Price  £££

Maple trees grow to around 80 – 100 feet and have a 2-3 foot trunk diameter.  These trees are usually referred to as sugar maples as they are the trees most often tapped for maple syrup. The timber works well and holds a good finish.

 

Oak

Oak

Colour  Light to medium brown
Origin  Europe & North America
Key Features  Oak is one of those old favorites. It is used in many different ways, not least of which is furniture construction.
Relative Price  £££

Oak has always been a popular choice for furniture and cabinet making but it is currently enjoying something of a revival. These days, it seems to be the trendy thing to have handmade oak furniture in your house.

 
 

Sapele

Sapele

Colour  Medium to reddish brown
Origin  Africa & Latin America
Key Features  Ideal for furniture, polishes well and holds a deep luster.
Relative Price  ££

A member of the mahogany family, Sapele is a richly coloured reddish brown. Used in musical instrument and fine furniture making this timber is a great choice for those who prefer the darker woods.

 

 

Southern Yellow Pine

Southern Yellow Pine

Colour  Creamy brown with yellowish streaks
Origin  Southern North America
Key Features  Southern Yellow Pine has a very high strength to weight ratio and is widely used in roof trusses and joists.
Relative Price  £

Southern yellow is a strong pine with a distinctive grain pattern. Trees grow to around 100 feet tall and can have trunk diameters up to 5 feet. The timber is widely used in the building industry but with its yellow streaks swirling into the lighter background it does make some lovely pine furniture.

 
 

Spalted Beech

Spalted Beech

Colour  Pale cream with darker areas and black lines
Origin  England
Key Features  A highly figured timber used in smaller items of furniture and decorative pieces.
Relative Price  £££

Ordinary beech becomes spectacular when it is allowed to begin the initial stages of decay, and is then subsequently dried, (preventing further decay). This partial decay, called spalting, gives the wood some dramatic and striking contrasting areas.

 

Spanish Cedar

Spanish Cedar

Colour  Light Brown
Origin  Brazil
Key Features  Very fragrant wood traditionally used in wardrobe construction.
Relative Price  £££

A close relative of Mahogany Spanish Cedar is medium textured, straight grained and light brown in colour. The tree ranges in height from 10 to 30 meters and the spicy fragrance of the timber lends itself to use in the construction of humidors, drawer linings and wardrobe interiors. The timber is in high demand in the American tropics because it is naturally termite and rot-resistant.