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It's All About

The Wood

Our Wood

 

Bocote is a small tree that typically produces lumber with a swirling grain of black and yellow or brown. Most bocote we purchase is logged by hand with mules in a selective cutting method in Southern Mexico that is very sustainable and responsible.    

 

Bubinga is a beautiful hardwood from Africa’s West Coast. Bubinga wood has beautiful color and the possibility of prized figure. Colors range from reds, brown and violet tones. 

 

Cocobolo grows on a thin band along the Pacific Coast of Mexico down through Central America.  Most cocobolo we purchase is logged by hand with mules in a selective cutting method in Southern Mexico that is very sustainable and responsible. Cocobolo is a true Rosewood. The colors range from any combination of orange, red, yellow, & black to violet. For this reason, it has also been called rainbow wood.

 

Olivewood used is from olive trees located in "The Holy Land", Bethlehem, Israel. No tree is ever harmed. All our pieces are from pruning or from trees that have died naturally. A certificate of authenticity will be furnished upon request.

 

Zebrawood is from western Africa. It is usually logged by hand on mountain slopes. One of the most appealing features of Zebrawood is the exotic appearance of the colorful black and golden lines in an interlocking grain that can produce beautiful iridescence. 

 

Lacewood, also known as Leopardwood, is an exotic wood from South America. We never have more than a very limited supply as we only get it from fellow woodworkers' "scrap".

 

Spalting is any form of wood coloration caused by fungi. Although primarily found in dead trees, spalting can also occur under stressed tree conditions or even in living trees. The beautiful colors and designs make it a prize for many artists and woodworkers.

Spalted Ash - The ash we have is from a neighbors Mountain Ash tree that died of old age. We managed to save one piece from their bonfire.

Spalted Maple - Our beautiful Spalted maple was salvaged from the Janesville, WI landfill. It was being dumped and ended up on our trailer. What a save!

Spalted Box Elder has wood with grain that is fine and burls with exquisite detail, giving great depth to any area with figure. This fast growing, short lived tree is often considered a "junk"tree to be cut down and burned.

 

Bird's Eye Maple has a distinctive pattern that resembles tiny, swirling eyes disrupting the smooth lines of grain. It is not known what causes the phenomenon. Birds eye comes almost entirely from the upper peninsula of Michigan.

 

Cherry is a very common tree throughout the Midwest. Most are cut for firewood. When harvested for lumber, it is used mainly for furniture. We use only wood from burls or highly figured pieces. 

 

Other wood - Any wood we see that has an unusual and distinctive feature. We never stop looking for that "special" piece.

The wood used in our sophisticated and elegant jewelry 

comes from unusual sources:

  • Upcycled from woodworker friends cutoffs and scrap bins

  • Recycled from broken furniture, jewelry boxes, etc.

  • Salvaged from aborists trimming local trees

  • Worldwide sources which utilize sustainable harvest 

  • Trees that died from natural causes - disease, storms, insects, etc.