exotic wood

Mark travels all around the world acquiring only the finest and most precious exotic wood there is to find.


“Holy Wood”

Slabs – Lumber



Discounts on multiple pieces

Most pieces are approximately 2.5” to 3” thick and average 33” to 36” wide.

Acariquara or Carapanauba Bases

Limited supply of  beautiful and distinctive bases of either acariquara or carapanauba available.

Each unique.

They come in a variety of sizes, heights, and dimensions. The pricing is based on those factors.

Prices range from $300 to $900. Discounts on multiple bases!

African Padauk

African Padauk (Pterocarpus soyauxii )

From Central and tropical west Africa

Its heartwood color can vary, ranging from a pale pinkish orange to a deep brownish red. Most pieces tend to start reddish orange when freshly cut, darkening substantially over time to a reddish/purplish brown (some lighter pieces age to a grayish brown).

Grain is usually straight, but can sometimes be interlocked. With a coarse, open texture and good natural luster.

Padauk has excellent decay resistance, and is rated as durable to very durable. It is also reported to be resistant to termites and other insects.

Overall, Padauk is easy to work; tear-out may also occur during planing on quartersawn or interlocked grain. It turns, glues, and finishes well.

Common uses: Veneer, flooring, turned objects, musical instruments, furniture, tool handles, and other small specialty wood objects.

Padauk has a very unique reddish orange coloration, and the wood is sometimes referred to by the name Vermillion. Unfortunately, this dramatic color is inevitably darkened to a deep reddish brown color. UV-inhibiting finishes may prolong, but not prevent the gradual color-shift of this brightly colored wood.


Wenge (Millettia laurentii)

Grows in Central Africa

Wenge heartwood is medium brown, sometimes with a reddish or yellowish hue, with nearly black streaks. Upon application of a wood finish (particularly an oil finish) the wood can become nearly black.

Grain is straight, with a very coarse texture. Low natural luster.

It is very durable, and resistant to termite attack.

Wenge can be difficult to work with hand and machine tools. Blunts tool edges. Sands unevenly due to differences in density between light and dark areas. Very splintery—care must be used when handling unfinished wood with bare hands, as splinters have an increased risk of infection. Very large pores can be difficult to fill if a perfectly smooth/level finish is desired.

Uses: Veneer, paneling, furniture, turned objects, and musical instruments.

Usually pronounced WHEN-gii or WHEN-ghay, the wood has excellent strength and hardness properties, and is also dark enough to be used as a substitute for ebony.


Zebrawood (Microberlinia brazzavillensis)

Grows in West Africa

This heartwood is a light brown or cream color with dark blackish brown streaks vaguely resembling a zebra’s stripes. Depending on whether the wood is flatsawn or quartersawn, the stripes can be either chaotic and wavy (flatsawn), or somewhat uniform (quartersawn).

It has a fairly coarse texture and open pores. Grain is usually wavy or interlocked.

This heartwood is rated as durable and is also resistant to insect damage.

The wood saws well, but can be very difficult to plane or surface due to the prevalence of interlocking grain. Tear-out is common. Zebrawood glues and finishes well, though a transparent pore filler may be necessary for the large open pores which occur on both dark and light surfaces.

Zebrawood is frequently quartersawn and used as veneer. Other uses include: tool handles, furniture, boatbuilding, and skis.

Sometimes called Zebrano, the wood is strong and stiff, with a fairly high density. However, the wood is much more frequently used for its bold and unique striping.

Purple Heart

Purpleheart (Peltogyne spp.)

Found in Central and South America (from Mexico down to southern Brazil)

When freshly cut, the heartwood of Purpleheart is a dull grayish/purplish brown. Upon exposure, the wood becomes a deeper eggplant purple. With further age and exposure to UV light, the wood becomes a dark brown with a hint of purple. This color-shift can be slowed and minimized by using a UV inhibiting finish on the wood.

The grain is usually straight, but can also be wavy or irregular. Has a medium texture with good natural luster.

Purpleheart is rated as being very durable, and resists both decay and most insect attacks.

Common Uses: Inlays/accent pieces, flooring, furniture, boatbuilding, heavy construction, and a variety of specialty wood items.

It is sometimes called Amaranth. This colorful Latin American hardwood is tremendously popular for furniture and other designs that call for a unique splash of color. In addition to its coloration, Purpleheart has excellent strength properties and can be used in applications where strength is important—a wood for both form and function.


Bubinga (Guibourtia spp.)

Grown in Equatorial Africa

Its heartwood ranges from a pinkish red to a darker reddish brown with darker purple or black streaks.

Grain is straight to interlocked and has a uniform fine-to-medium texture and moderate natural luster.

Bubinga is reported to be resistant to termite and marine borer attack.

Common uses: Veneer, inlays, fine furniture, cabinetry, turnings, and other specialty items. Since Bubinga trees can grow so large, natural-edge slabs of the wood have also been used in tabletops and other specialized projects.

Bubinga has a close resemblance to rosewood and is often use in place of more expensive woods.

Also known as Kevazingo

Bolivian Rosewood

Bolivian Rosewood ( Machaerium spp.)

Found in: Tropical South America (mainly Brazil and Bolivia)

Its color can be highly varied, ranging from reddish/orange to a dark violet/brown, usually with contrasting darker black streaks.

Its grain is typically straight, though sometimes slightly irregular or interlocked depending on the species. Fine, even texture and a naturally high luster—though depending on the particular species, the wood can have a coarser, more fibrous texture.

It is rated as very durable, though quite susceptible to insect attack, and not recommended in direct ground contact.

Uses: Veneer, musical instruments, cabinetry, flooring, interior trim, turning, and other small specialty wood objects.

Also known as Pau Ferro, Morado, Santos Rosewood


Bloodwood (Brosimum rubescens)

Grown in Tropical South America

The heartwood is a bright, vivid red. Color can darken to a darker brownish red over time with exposure to light. Applying a thick protective finish, and keeping the wood out of direct sunlight can help slow this color shift.

Grain is usually straight or slightly interlocked and has a fine texture with good natural luster, and is also somewhat chatoyant.

Reported to be very durable, and resistant to most insect attacks.

Used in carvings, trim, inlays, furniture, guitars, knife handles, and turned objects.

Also known as Satine.


Sapele, Sapelli, Sapeli (pronounced sah-PELL-ey)

This wood is grown in tropical Africa.

It’s color is a golden- to dark-reddish brown.  Its grain is interlocked and sometimes wavy.  It has a fine, uniform texture and a good natural luster.  Sometimes it is referred to as ‘sapele mahogany’ as it is occasionally used as a substitute for genuine mahogany.

Common uses:  flooring, furniture, veneer, plywood, cabinetry, boatbuilding, musical instruments, turned objects, and other small wooden specialty items.

Normal pricing depending on width – approx. $6 to $9/bd ft

****Bulk Pricing:
100 bd ft-(7” or less)-$3.99/Bd Ft
200 bd ft-(7” or less)-$2.99/BdFt
300 bd ft-(7” or less)- $2.75/BdFt

Wallaba Square Posts

Wallaba Square Posts – Forever 4 x 4 Posts

With a high resistance to moisture, insect infestation, and decay, Wallaba wood is unparalleled. The tropical hardwood can fight off insects and decay without the use of preservative chemicals, which helps to ensure that animals and vegetation will not be subjected to hazardous chemicals,

In addition to being an environmentally friendly timber, Wallaba wood is harvested in a sustainabie manner which is enforced by the Guyana Forestry Commission to ensure forest preservation. In the manufacturing of Wallaba posts, the country’s objective to preserve tree crops for future generations is carried out.

Industries: Residential and Commercial

Applications: Fencing, Transmission Posts, Railings, Decorative Posts and Beams, Animal Habitats, Agricultural Uses

We are selling these 4 x 4 x 9′ posts @ 10 or more purchased for $20/post. We have a limited amount so come in now to secure your lot. Less than 10 purchased @ $30/post.

True African Mahogany

African Mahogany(Khaya anthotheca, K. grandifoliola, K. ivorensis, K. senegalensis)

Grown in Tropical West Africa

African Mahogany’s heartwood color is variable, ranging from a very pale pink to a deeper reddish brown, sometimes with streaks of medium to dark reddish brown. Color tends to darken with age. Quartersawn surfaces can also exhibit a ribbon-stripe appearance.

Its grain is straight to interlocked, with a medium to coarse texture. Good natural luster with a light-refracting optical phenomenon known as chatoyancy (having a changeable luster or color with an undulating narrow band of white light, like a tiger-eye gem).

If you view a map of the world, you can see where West Africa locked into Brazil millions of years ago. These species are very closely related to the ultimate “Swietenia Macrophylla” of Honduran Mahogany fame.

Normal pricing depending on width – approx. $6 to $9/bd ft

Bulk Pricing:
100 bd ft-(7″ or less)-$3.99/Bd Ft
200 bd ft-(7″ or less)-$2.99/BdFt
300 bd ft-(7″ or less)-  $2.75/BdFt


Cumaru (Dipteryx odorata)

Grown in Northern South America

The color of the heartwood tends to be a medium to dark brown, sometimes with a reddish or purplish hue; some pieces may have streaks of yellowish or greenish brown.

The grain is interlocked, with a medium texture and a waxy feel.

It is similar to Ipe (tabebuia) but a bit easier to work.

Also referred to as Brazilian Teak or Brazilian Chestnut.

$7.00/board foot

Mantles:  $12 – $14.00/board foot


Curupixa (micropholis)

Grown in the Amazon region in Brazil

The color is light brown.

The grain is straight with a fine texture.

A beautiful wood! Similar to American Cherry.

$4.50/board foot


Cypress (Taxodium distichum)

Grown in the Southeastern United States

The color tends to be a light, yellowish brown. Some boards can have scattered pockets of darker wood that have been attacked by fungi, which is sometimes called pecky cypress.

Its grain is straight with a medium texture to coarse texture. Raw, unfinished wood surfaces have a greasy feel.

This wood is great for outdoor use.

A beautiful local wood.

Also known as Bald Cypress.

$4.00/board foot


Guatambu (Balfourodendron riedelianum)

Guatambu is comparable to Hard Maple for workability and has a generally straight grain, dense with fine, uniform texture that works beautifully and even carves like a charm. It is an excellent turning wood with very strong with excellent wear properties.

Also known as Brazilian Maple.

Uses: Boat building, canoes, cabinet making, furniture, flooring, molding, paneling, stair rails, and much, much more. You are only limited by your imagination!

We have panels that most have been utilizing s butcher blocks and as trimming around edges with the same panel pieces to give depth and size.

Our pricing is very affordable:

40 x 40 = $25.00
36 x 40 = $23.00
24 x 40 = $15.00
16.5 x 40 = $10.00
28 x 40 = $8.00
12 x 40 = $8.00

By the way, don’t forget our Guatambu sticks which are perfect for cutting boards or even staircases. Here’s a guy that used the sticks AND the panels to craft and build the most incredible staircase in his home in Black Mountain.

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