Cable Woodworking

Handmade Intarsia

Woods Used to Create Intarsia Pieces

When you order a piece of Intarsia from me you will also receive a card explaining what the art of Intarsia is and what types of wood were used to create your individual piece.

  Walnut - ranges from creamy white, to light brown or dark chocolate brown, occasionally with a purplish cast and darker streaks. The wood is generally straight-grained, but sometimes with wavy or curly grain that produces an attractive and decorative figure.

  Basswood - ranges from creamy white in color to pale or reddish brown, sometimes with darker streaks. The wood has a fine uniform texture and indistinct grain that is straight.

  Maple - ranges from creamy white with a slight reddish brown tinge to light or dark reddish brown. The wood has a close fine, uniform texture and is generally straight-grained, but it can also occur as "curly," "fiddleback," and "birds-eye" figure.

  Beech - ranges from white with a red tinge, to light or dark reddish brown. The wood is generally straight-grained with a close uniform texture.

 Alder - light brown with a yellow or reddish tinge in color. The wood is fairly straight-grained with a uniform texture.

  Cedar - Narrow sapwood is almost pure white; heartwood varies from dark reddish-brown to light yellow. The wood is soft, with an extremely fine, even grain.

 Sugar Pine - creamy white to straw with reddish knots.  The wood is soft, with an even-grained texture gives the wood a smooth surface.

 Wenge - Dark brown to black with fine black veining.  The wood has a straight, coarse grain and low luster.