Wood comes in a variety of colours and of course, there are a number of stains to help create similar effects. Wood varies from soft to hard and certain woods are better for some things than other things, but that doesn’t mean that occasionally we don’t break these rules and find a way for your preferred wood to work. Let’s start with some basics:

Soft Wood (examples: Pine, Spruce, Cedar, Hemlock, Larch, Redwood)

Hard Wood (Ash, Beech, Cherry, Maple, Oak, Mahogany, Birch, Poplar, Purpleheart)

Softwoods come from coniferous trees which have needles instead of leaves. It grows faster than hardwoods and are cheaper and easier to work with than hardwoods. They are often used as building/construction material. The trees tend to grow tall and straight which makes it easier to cut long straight planks of wood.

Hardwoods come from deciduous or broad-leafed trees. They are generally slow growing which tends to make the wood harder and more expensive than ‘plywood’ and can be distinguished by the structure of its wood grain, an attractive feature of most hardwoods.

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