There’s nothing more special than creating your custom piece with Ironwood. Learn more about our styles and materials to help inform your selections. Have another wood in mind for your project? Let us know - we’re happy to work with you!


Wood Types



Oak is a very popular wood, it is very hard wearing and heavy. It is known for having lovely open wood grain markings. Oak can be purchased in two shades; white oak, which is grey/brown in color or red oak which is very similar but with a prominent reddish tint.

Best used for: Cabinets, flooring, furniture



Mahogany is an expensive hardwood and varies in color from a medium brown to a deep red brown, depending on its age. It is a very traditional, versatile and popular type of wood. It is also a popular choice for use on veneers.

Best used for: Fine furniture, stairways, pattern making



Maple wood is much more durable and heavier. As maple wood is so strong and moisture resistant it is the ideal wood to withstand years of wear and tear. Maple wood is pale in color and has natural swirls and twists in the wood grain. It can easily accepts any type of stain or paint.

Best used for: Furniture, cabinets, butcher blocks



Walnut is a hardwood and is known for its strength, straight grain and its rich chocolate brown color, however lighter shades are available. Walnut can be a very versatile wood, offering a range of shades and grains to complement your décor.

Best used for: Furniture, cabinetry, turned items, and other small wooden objects and novelties



When freshly cut the heartwood of Purpleheart is a  dull grayish/purplish brown. Upon exposure the wood becomes a deeper eggplant purple. With further age and exposure to UV light, the wood becomes a dark brown with a hint of purple. This color-shift can be slowed and minimized by using a UV inhibiting finish on the wood.

Best used for: Inlays/accent pieces, flooring, furniture, and a variety of specialty wood items

*Wood images and descriptions have been sourced from several websites.
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