Woods Currently Available at DustyNewt.com
I am constantly searching for beautiful hardwoods from around the world to bring you the most unique choices of anyone carving wood name keychains. I regularly stock over twenty species of fine wood from around the world.
The following are the woods I currently have in my woodbins. Wood grain and color can vary dramatically within each species. So, click on the photos to see many more examples of that wood in my Flickr photo albums.
Amboyna burl is from the Narra tree of Southeast Asia. It is prized by woodworkers worldwide for its beautiful swirling grain and rich color. Because of is twisty grain, I almost always bond it to a Maple or Walnut substrate to give it strength for durability and years of service to you.
Bloodwood is a deep red to golden colored wood from South America. It is extremely hard. Bloodwood is often lustrous and will change color depending on the light source, much like Tiger Eye gemstone. Because of this, it is very hard to photograph to show its true beauty.
Bocote is a very hard and durable wood from Mexico, with striking grain patterns ranging from black to a creamy yellowish tan.
Canarywood is a yellowish-orange colored wood from South America with a medium hardness, akin to American Cherry.
American Cherry is a domestic favorite for the rich patina it develops over the years. It is tied with Oak as my most popular choice for durable keychains and desk names.
Cocobolo is an extremely hard member of the Rosewood family and grown in Mexico. Its rich, reddish color is occasionally streaked with hints of blonde.
Cumaru, also called Brazilian Teak, is a fine grained, durable hardwood from South America. Its reddish color deepens with age.
Ipé is a fine grained wood from Central America. It is also known as “Ironwood” because of its hardness and reddish hue.
Koa wood from Hawaii is a beautiful and lustrous hardwood that is very hard to come by in Florida.
Lauro Preto is a beautiful variegated wood from a South American Laurel tree. It is very hard with color tones including dark brown to a greenish tan.
Leoparwood is a medium red colored wood from South America with distinct medullary ray flecks causing its “spots”. A very beautiful and hard wood.
Mahogany is favorite for woodworkers for centuries for its rich red coloring and the patina it achieves. It is a medium-hard wood. This current batch is from Honduras and it is a very pleasurable wood to work with.
Maple is a North American hardwood with a light creamy coloring, often figured with a lacy or tiger patterns.
Mesquite is a reddish hardwood from the American Southwest with a medium texture and durability similar to Walnut.
I use select pieces of American White and Red Oak. One of the most popular choices for its beauty, strength and durability.
A bright red wood from southern Africa. It deepens with age and is similar to American Oak in texture and hardness.
A naturally bright yellow wood from Brazil. It is very fine grained and extremely hard. Pau Amarello is often lustrous and will change color depending on the light source, much like Tiger Eye gemstone.
A naturally deep purple colored wood from South America with fine, even grain and extreme hardness.
Sourced from various countries worldwide, i.e. India, Africa, Asia, South and Central America. Rosewood is generally extremely hard and rich brown in color. My current stash include samples from India, Bolivia and Honduras.
The figure in this wood from tropical Africa is spectacular and changes as your light source changes. This quality is hard to find and in very limited supply in my workshop.
The batch I am currently working through is a light colored tan with a lacy grain pattern. It’s medium hardness is similar to American Cherry.
I use Walnut that is grown in the U.S.A. and is of medium hardness. Its coloring ranges from a grayish brown to deep chocolate.
Pronounced WEN-GAY, it is a very hard and coarse grained wood from the Congo region of Africa. It is black to tan in coloring.
Wine Barrel Oak
This wood is recycled from Napa Valley wine barrel staves. It is White Oak and stained a purplish-red on the face side from the vino. I shape the backs of these keychains to suggest the curve of the barrel.
Also called Zebrawood, this strikingly striped wood alternates dark brown and cream colors. It hardness and texture is similar to Oak.