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Our Wood

Wood comes in an almost endless variety of colors, textures and grain. Here is a selected sample of the types of wood that are used in making our handmade pens and pencils.  Feel free to learn a little more about the different types of wood species that we use in making our handcrafted products.  Select the title of each type of wood for a list of pens that were made using that type of wood.

African Blackwood

A very dense, dark wood from Africa.  Very oily, but turns well and takes a great finish.  Used for years in making musical instruments, it makes a great pen.


African Padauk

Has a stunning orange color that is striking.  A medium to hard wood.  Looks great with gold and black trims, but silver also works nicely.  Takes a nice polish as a finish.  The wood is from West Africa.

African Padauk Pen  

Amboyna Burl

Has a deep red, stunning grain that is striking.  A dense wood.  Looks great with gold and black trims, but silver also works nicely.  Takes a nice polish as a finish.  The wood is from Southern Asia.


Black Walnut

A beautiful, tight grained deep brown wood, this is a classic.  It looks great in gold an black trims.  Wood is from the USA.  Takes a great polish, shows well.

 Black Walnut Handcrafted Pen  


A beautiful, open grained deep red colored wood.  This is an exotic from Brazil.  It looks great in gold an black trims.  One of the reddest colored naturally occuring woods.  Takes a great polish, shows well.

 Handmade Pen in Bloodwood  


An American classic, cherry wood ages nicely to a darker color.  Tight grain and a pleasing pattern give this wood a rich character.  Looks nice in all finishes.

 Classic Cherry Wooden Pen


Cochinchin Burl

An exotic, rare rosewood from Asia.  It is a hard to find wood, and is heavy and dense.  Shows very well as a pen, medium brown in color, has an almost light green and yellow tints.

 Cochinchin Wood Pen  


A beautiful exotic, consisting of dark browns, reds and blacks and occassionally purples.  A naturally waterproof wood, high in oil content.  It is a very durable wood that works well.  Makes a great pen or bowl. 

 Example Cocobolo Wood Pen  

Ebony - Gabon

An amazing wood!  Almost pure black, dense and polishes to an amazing finish.  Pens created from thie wood are very classic in nature, and immediately command attention.  The wood occassionally has some dark brown and red higlights.  Straight grained, hard and dense wood. 

 Gabon Ebony Pen Example  


A very heavy, hard and dense wood.  A very nice wood used by the French for centuries.  It turns well and makes a spectacular pen.


Lignum Vitae

The wood is from Argentina and literaly translates to "Tree of Life".  A very hard and dense wood, the color is typically a medium yellow brown.  Turns well and makes a very nice pen. 


Livvingia Malayana Burl

A stunning burl from Southeast Asia.  It is a dense, hard wood, that turns well, with great figure.  Looks fantastic as a pen.  A light brown when finished.  Great figure, expensive wood.

Livvingia Malayana Burl Pen Example   

Maple - Curly

A light colored, stunning wood with wavy grain that really pops under a finish.  The grain literally moves when you move the pen.  Stunning.  Wood is from the USA.  Great turning wood, looks spectacular. 

Curly Maple Pen Example   

Maple - Big Leaf Burl

A light colored brown, stunning wood with swirls of grain, "eyes", and other colors that really look nice under a finish.  The grain can be dramatic. Wood is from the USA.  Great looking wood, can be a challenge to turn.

Big Leaf Maple Burl Pen Example   

Maple - Birdseye

A light colored, stunning wood with little "eyes" of grain that really pops under a finish.  The eyes are small, tight swirls of grain that look spectacular as you move the pen.  Stunning.  Wood is from the USA.  Great turning wood.

Handmade Pen from Birdseye Maple   


A wood from Bethlehem.  Usually a yellowish brown, often with darker brown streaks. A dense wood, hard and heavy. Grain is straight to wavy with a very fine texture. This is a very beautiful wood. 

 Example Olivewood Pen  


A very striking color for a pen.  When cut, it has a light purple color which darkens when exposed to air and light.  Over time, the pen will darken to a deep purple color, which is almost regal.  A nice, straight-grained wood, works well and turns nicely.

 Purpleheart Example  


If not the most expensive wood, certainly in the top three! Dramatic color and patterns for a pen.  When turned, the pattern is an alternating light and dark pattern that looks like the color and pattern on a snake. If is very dramatic in person, and very difficult to turn.

 Snakewood Example  


This wood has an amazing striped pattern that gives the wood its name.  The stripes are black and light brown, but have a depth to them which is very pleasing.  Turns well and makes a great pen.  Wood is hard to harvest and is expensive.

 Zebrawood Example  


It is a medium to dark brown, with occasional green or purple hue, with darker bands of black growth rings intermixed. Ziricote has a very unique appearance, which is sometimes referred to as landscape grain figure. It is a superior furniture and musical instrument lumber. With its very fine texture and high density Ziricote will take a satin finish with just sanding.

 Ziricote Example