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In my turnings, I include many unique products from all over the world.  These woods, metals and stones have sparked my interest their origin and the region they come from.  These pages are my attempt to share the history and information I have learned about each of the woods, stones and other items I have used creating my art.  

Exotic Wood and Domestic Wood

African Blackwood Blood Wood Honduras Rosewood Poplar
African Mahogany Bocote Imbula PurpleHeart
African Padauk Bolivian Rosewood Kingwood Quina
African Padauk Bubinga Koa RedHeart
Afzelia Cedar Lacewood Sandalwood
Ambrosia Maple Chechen Leatherwood Sapele
American Red Oak Cherry Mammoth Kauri Sassafras
Ash Chestnut Mara Tamo
Aspen Cocobolo Mesqite Tulipwood
Banksia Pod Cypress Mopane Wenge
Bethlehem Olive Wood Ebony Myrtle Wood Wild Olive Wood
Big Leaf Maple Elm Pear Yellowheart
Birds Eye Maple Hickory Pecan Zebra Wood
Black & White Ebony Holly Pink Ivory Zircote
BlackWalnut Honduran Rosewood


A Burl is a figured piece of wood. When the burl is still on the tree it looks like an ugly growth or knot sticking out from the tree that does not belong. However, the wood under the bark is something quite different it is the most beautiful you can find. It is composed of unique swirls of grain and small eyes from branches that have grown from the burl. Burls can be found on almost any tree, but they are not common making them the rarest and most beautiful part of the tree.




Tiger's Eye