American beech Fagus grandifolia
Its European cousin is the maple of Europe. Very tough and stiff. Used extensively in utility furniture construction. It bends well and puts up a fight when abused.
Black cherry Prunus serotina
A tree where the wood is better than its fruit. Salmony brown is the color of the wood. High sought after as a fine furniture wood. This wood is photosensitive so it tans in the sun.
Pacific Madrone Arbutus menziesii
A dense heavy wood with a wide variance of color from creamy white to dark reddish brown. Very distinctive appearance as a tree due to its orange peeling bark and twisting trunk. A favorite of mine for its color and distinct NW origins.
Sugar Maple Acer saccharum
The workhorse of domestic hardwoods. Long prized for its extreme hardness and durability, it makes a perfect choice for kitchenware. Creamy white in color, very dense and hard. We also get our maple syrup from this tree by boiling down the sap.
Myrtle or Bay Laurel Umbellularia californica
A true Oregon treasure. With its limited growing region, mostly the southern Oregon coast, it has been highly prized as Oregon’s own. Ranging in color from yellowish gold to black, it can have almost every color in between.
Oregon Black Walnut hybrid of Juglans nigra and Juglans hinds
Commonly referred to as Claro walnut or Western Walnut, it has a very rich chocolate brown color. Purples, greens, and oranges are known to streak the wood and can have very striking figure.
Douglas Fir Pseudotsuga menziesii
My favorite tree and wood. Almost every house has Douglas fir in it. The Oregon state tree. A stiff heavy softwood with a creamy salmon color.