Timbers & Materials

We pride ourselves on the quality of our work and the materials that we use. By using sustainable timbers together with eco friendly finishes wherever possible, we hope to have a low impact on the environment.
Here are a selection our our most popular timbers and finishes. The sample pictures are a representation only, timber colour and grain varies.



Ash – A light brown, sometimes greyish timber. It has visible growth rings in its grain pattern and is a springy solid timber, often used for tool handles. Lends itself very well to steam bending. Takes a finish very well.

Steamed Beech – (also available but less popular, White Beech) very distinctive due to its flecky grain. Very smooth and close grained. Pinky/light brown in colour. Stains and polishes very well.

Oak  – Used extensively throughout history for house construction, joinery and furniture. Lightish brown in colour and visible growth ring pastern. Very nice to work with, durable and takes stains and finishes extremely well.

Walnut – The colour ranges from a dark chocolate brown to a lighter pale brown. A fairly hard timber, lovely to work and polishes fantastic.

Maple – One of the palest timbers in colour, has a very tight smooth grain and is a very tough hard wearing timber.

Cherry – A light orange/brown timber, quite light when first machined but darkens to a rich golden brown/dark red over time. It has a very prominent growth ring grain pattern. Polishes very well and is suitable for all furniture.

Tulip/Poplar – Used mainly for frame work on painted furniture, internal joinery and mouldings. Machines and takes paint finished extremely well. Very tight grained and pale in colour.

Mahogany (Sapele and Utile) – True Mahogany is very hard to come by. We use Sapele & Utile as alternatives as they are more sustainable. Stains, machines and polishes very well. Suitable for furniture and joinery.

Softwood – Southern Yellow Pine and Redwood, used extensively for joinery. Stable and takes paint very well.

Veneer – There are 100’s of types of timber veneer’s to choose from, we use them for inlays & feature panel work, but their uses are limited by the imagination only. They can be applied to various surfaces, curved and flat, MDF or timber.

MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard) – An engineered wood product formed by breaking down hardwood or softwood residuals into wood fibres and formed into panels by applying high temperature and pressure. Very stable and takes paints and veneers very well. Available in many thickness’s & invented in Benenden in Kent! We mainly use the moisture resistant variety (MR-MDF) as we have found the quality to be excellent and for painted finishes a superior result.