The Ambrosia beetle causes the wormy pattern in Soft Maple lumber and the result is very unique looking lumber. The wood has beautiful brown and grey stripes with small worm holes. This lovely wormy pattern will not effect the final performance of the lumber in any negative way.
Walnut is known for its distinctive colour variation, from the nearly white sapwood to the heartwood that is deep, dark brown to purplish-black in colour. It has a slightly coarse texture with mostly straight and open grain, but may have burls or waves. Walnut produces a greater variety of figure types than other species.
Sapele Prime Quartered
Desired for its rich colour and striking grain, Sapele is an alluring choice in modern architecture and design. Its unique ribbon figure and deeply dimensional colour provide timeless elegance to any application. Quarter Sawn Sapele is beautiful and enduringly strong. With good moisture and impact resistance, Sapele pairs beauty with resilience. Offered in the Prime grade, Sapele is designed for long and clear applications. Its brilliant figure and dimensional stability make Prime Quarter Sawn Sapele an ideal choice for luxury flooring, doors, windows and high-end furniture.
Soft Maple is an exceptionally versatile species found in many applications from mouldings to cabinetry. Its familiar cathedral pattern and ability to beautifully accept stain makes it a highly popular choice for millworkers and designers. Soft Maple has many of the aesthetic and strength characteristics of Hard Maple with the added benefits of lighter weight and ease of machining. Ensuring a high yield of brilliant white and clear sapwood, Soft Maple is offered here in the Sap & Better Colour grade. Prime Soft Maple is designed for long and clear cuttings targeted towards millwork and moulding manufacturers. Soft Maple is a premier lumber choice.
White Maple is near white in colour with a trace of reddish-brown. It has a smooth texture with a straight to wavy grain pattern. White Maple may contain dark mineral streaks which are caused by mineral absorption from the soil.
Poplar is light in colour, but contains dramatic colour variation and streaking. Poplar is smooth, but exhibits more grain texture than woods like Maple. Paint grade poplar is best suited for paint finishes.
Flat Sawn White Oak
Plain sawn white oak is a dense hardwood that varies in colour from light greyish tan to brown. The grain sometimes shows cathedraling like that found in plain sawn red oak, but typically it is not as pronounced. Occasionally medullary rays may occur.
Quarter Sawn White Oak
Quarter sawn white oak is a dense hardwood that varies in colour from light greyish-tan to brown. It is mostly straight-grained, but can also include medullary rays that run perpendicular to the grain (often referred to as ray fleck, fleck or figure). Ray fleck can occur randomly within a veneer and its prevalence and placement can vary dramatically both within a door and across doors within a house package.
Mahogany varies in colour from light to medium dark reddish-brown. Mahogany has a medium texture with a straight to irregular grain pattern. Mahogany tends to lighten with age and exposure to sunlight.
Flat Sawn Red Oak
Recognized throughout modern and historical architecture with its dramatic cathedral patterns, Red Oak is a versatile and popular choice. Easily stained and machined, Red Oak is a highly workable lumber. Pronounced cathedrals with light, red-brown striations offer a familiar and natural effect to any application. Offered in the Prime Grade, Red Oak is designed for long and clear applications like mouldings, door frames and furniture. Hard yet workable, choose Red Oak for its time-tested durability.
Cherry ranges in colour from light to medium reddish-brown. Cherry has a smooth texture with a straight, fine grain pattern. Cherry may contain small dark gum spots which add interest to the grain. Cherry is especially sensitive to light and will darken and redden with exposure to light.
White Ash has excellent shock resistance, and along with hickory (Carya spp.), it is one of the most commonly used hardwoods for tool handles in North America—particularly in shovels and hammers where toughness and impact resistance is important. When stained, ash can look very similar to oak, although oaks have much wider rays, which are visible on all wood surfaces—even on flatsawn surfaces, where they appear as short, thin brown lines between the growth rings. Ashes lack these conspicuous rays.