For those who are unfamiliar with timber here is a very personal description of the timbers that I cut.

Please bear in mind that each tree is an individual and as such the wood it produces is unique to that tree and so the colour and grain structure varies from tree to tree.


A pale creamy yellow with African Mahogany type grain structure but softer and lighter in weight.


I only cut Western Red , its straight grain and light weight make it a favourite for planking boat hulls. Colour ranges from off-white to dark brown( khaki ) and almost black.


The term SPRUCE has mainly meant a strong constuctural wood for aircraft models . Most Northern Hemisphere softwoods come under this heading, the varieties that are in most model shopsare either Hemlock or Douglas Fir , I endeavour to supply the latter as it is more reliable. Sitka Spruce is occasionally available but quite expensive.

The very best Mahogany for model making is Brazilion but is now virtually unavailable , the same species but not from Brazil can be obtained but at a price, when the opportunity to get the right quality I do so .  Mahogany is a very big problem for me .
Very similar in colour to Mahogany but generally harder and with a closer and finer grain structure .


I only cut North Americam Black, considered by craftsmen to be the very best, close grained and mostly dark in colour . Frequently offered in shops is African Walnut , this has a Mahogany type grain but with a Walnut colour . I do NOT cut or supply this.


Straw coloured with very little grain features, renowned for its carving qualities but used a lot for deck planking etc.


From North America , lighter in colour but harder and heavier than Sycamore its UK cousin . There is virtually grain visible - the whitest timber I supply.


Very similar to Maple in all respects except colour - Pink rather than white .


Close grained and dense , similar in weight as Maple and the colour is a much darker shade of pink than Chery. A favorite with boatbuilders.

This is more correctly known as American Poplar but in the UK we we call it Tulip-Wood which is a derivation of its Latin name and more commercially acceptable . A relatively hard timber whose colour ranges from dirty white through to dark Olive Green .Attractive when polished and frequently used to simulate sun-bleached Teak decks.

English Oak is the coarsest grained timber that I cut inspite of selecting the finest grain aqvailable. A nice hard wood.