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It all comes from the same tree: hard maple, rock maple, sugar maple, brown maple, white maple.  The acer saccharum to be most specific. That species name, saccharum, is Latin for sugar. You might be drawing the correct conclusion about now that that the very tree that gets harvested for beautiful hard maple lumber is
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In 1999 Keith, the owner of Woodworkers Source, went to Paraguay to visit a sustainable yield lumber project.  He came back with a container load of unusual woods following shortly after. When we bring in unusual woods, it’s often with a bit of stand-back-and-wait because even though we’ve seen a sample piece (or maybe not
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Those who work with mesquite may appear a little nuts to woodworkers who are used to the likes of cherry, walnut, oak, and similar woods. Mesquite’s beauty comes from a different breed of criteria other than clear wood.  Namely the worm holes, splits, checks, knots, and bark inclusions that characterize the tree and her timber. 
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Rosewood From Around the Globe

Rosewood is the popular name for wood from a very special group of trees. All true rosewoods belong to the genus Dalbergia. This is a large genus of small to medium-size trees and shrubs with wide distribution

Yes, you too might be convinced that the wood called purple heart is dyed to get that vivid color. Or maybe that it’s not a wood at all. It happens every day in our stores where we invariably get asked, “So, c’mon is that really the natural color?” Well, it most certainly is.

I’m going to surmise that you’ve never used alder for woodworking projects.  Few woodworkers have.  On a whole, they’re just too busy making beautiful things with walnut or cherry or oak to stop and consider this wood.  Poor souls. It’s time to pause for a minute. Down in the southwestern U.S. we see it often,
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Red Oak is America’s favorite cabinet and furniture wood. Okay, maybe that’s a lofty statement. However, since the founding of our country Red Oak has been used for virtually every conceivable wood application.  And still does. Floors, cabinetry, furniture, tool handles,  stairs, doors, molding, trim, casings, paneling, plywood, veneer, and on and on. Red Oak
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A customer once told me “If it is worth building it should be made of Walnut.” He said so out of genuine infatuation: the dark heartwood is gorgeous. Woodworkers generally love the stable lumber; it saws, planes, routes, and finishes exceedingly well. Walnut is considered the superior wood for gun stocks because of its stability,
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