I don't think I could narrow it down to just one... for domestic woods, my top
favorites, in no particular order, are curly cherry, curly maple, quartersawn
sycamore, and quartersawn beech.
I've not used enough imported woods to have much of an opinion there, but I
sure do like the look of true mahogany.
I think I have to make the choice dependent on the use--some just are
"the cat's meow" for one item but totally wrong for another...
To the question as asked as to "pretty", I'd probably have to go to the
rosewoods as most striking w/ the Honduran mahogany as the ideal cabinet
wood for the non-domestics.
For US domestics, that's a little more difficult altho it's hard to beat
butternut on one hand but old salvage chestnut is another outstanding
choice...the other of my favorites would be the Claro walnut followed by
In it's place, white oak is so striking...there, we're back to what the
use is matters...
Like someone else already said, don't think I can have just one...
Yes, I love dark woods like rosewood, walnut, jarrah, and bokote. I
put down a little entryway in Jatoba and like it a lot, too.
Agreed, and Honduran mahogany carves nicely, too.
I haven't seen any claro walnut in local wood yards. What's so special
about it as opposed to black walnut? Juglans hindsii and nigra look
awfully similar in these pics. Same shade, similar figure.
Absolutely! QSWO is a dream.
What really irks me is to see someone mix quilted maple, birdseye
maple, and some other extremely figured wood so there is no mellow
place on the piece. Everything fights for your eye. It's overkill and
it's downright UGLY! I prefer a basic box with a really nicely
figured top, or even a figured inset in a plain top. Classy.
...in order that a man may be happy, it is
necessary that he should not only be capable
of his work, but a good judge of his work.
-- John Ruskin
In pictures, often does look almost indistinguishable...in hand, not so
"Claro" is fairly recent moniker; the CA genus that is not a hybrid w/
eastern black is generally somewhat lighter and has a clarity of grain
that is just, somehow, different altho I don't know any way to verbalize
it--you just have to see it in person to appreciate the difference I think.
Note there's nothing at all "wrong" w/ Eastern black walnut nor any
intent to imply same; they're just subtly different.
Personally, walnut is my favorite, too.
Except when I'm working with Cherry. Then that's my favorite.
Except when I'm working with Maple. Then that's my favorite.
Except when I'm working with Oak. Then that's, oh, wait a minute! I
really don't care much for Oak.
Seriously, I do love walnut. (http://tinyurl.com/4ygdgy2 ) And cherry,
If there had to be just one? Cherry.
I like Purple Heart and Padouk.
But the most incredible wood I have ever seen was the back of a 1957
Gibson where the birds eye maple looked like pearls floating in liquid
diamonds. I will never forget that.
I have no idea what sort of wood Tamarack is and to be honest I really
don't care. It is the favorite firewood of most around here, kind of a
shame. I got over a thousand board feet of it from a nearby sawmill
for fifty cents a board foot. It's not easy to work with but the
finished product is worth the trouble.
This is a Murphy bed finished in clear urethane
Cupboards stained and clear urethane
I used the Tamarack for wainscoting throughout the house. It's
finished like the Murphy bed.
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