Mango wood is one of the most underated woods out there. It has a high hardness rating, is easy to work with, and has some of hte most amazing grain you will find in any wood. As you can see from the photos, mango wood is a medium golden color but has hues of reds, greens and even blues to it. The grain is tight and small but yet it also has great flowing parts to it. It doesn't typically come in large slabs, but it does come in really long slabs. It takes stain well and looks great with a raw edge, especially on coffee tables.
Wood We Use for the Work
I worked my way through college at an upper end cabinet shop in the late 80's/early 90's. As a result I wa sscarred from the over use of red oak: every house at the time insisted on putting that stuff in. So when one of our suppliers started talking to me about awesome white oak slabs for raw edge dining tables, I had a viceral reaction and started scoffing at him. To his credit he was patient with me probably because he knew I had no idea what I was scoffing at. But after that first set of bookmatched white oak slab we got and made into a dining table, I was sold.
Redwood is something that we are convinced not many people know much about. It's a all there in the name: red. But in fact there are a huge variety of colors, grains, and areas from the redwood that make it a pretty incredible wood. Also rest assured that all of our redwood is salvaged wood. We mainly work with old root systems, salvaged railway pilings, old flooring etc. It is a soft wood in slab form, so we aren't fans of using it for tables, but any of the tighter grain wood that we get from the root systems is quite hard and some of the grain is mind blowing.
Monkeypod, and it's similar looking relative called parota wood are beautiful tropical woods. They are sustainably harvested by our supplier on a reforestation project they have had for over 30 years in Costa Rica. Monkeypod has some of the most beautiful long contrasting graining you will find, as well as some spectacular crotch and burl graining. What also helps define monkeypod and parota is it's distinct white sapwood that acts as a frame to the chocolate colored hues of the heartwood.
Black walnut / Claro walnut
We probably shouldn't be putting black walnut and claro walnut together because they are pretty different woods in the specific world of walnut, but in the interest of space, we are doing it. Claro wlanut it more expensive than black walnut and has more color to it, and typically comes in larger sizes. But in general, they are both great, semi dark to dark woods with beautiful flowing grain along with some pretty spectacular burling and other types of crazy grain, it has an often distinct light sapwood and a high hardness rating.