Ash – Domestic wood widely used in a variety of projects. Light-colored like Maple with coarser grain like Oak. Ash tends to darken as it ages.

Maple – Used in traditional butcher blocks, Maple possesses many excellent characteristics for this application.  The grain of Maple is generally straight, with a fine even texture.  It is white to off-white cream in color.

Hickory – Domestic open-grained hardwood that is often used for rustic applications. The grain is generally straight and can range from blond to medium brown with a reddish hue.  Hickory is denser, stiffer, and harder than either Oak or Maple.

Cherry – Hardwood known for its grain and for aging from a pinkish tone to a warm reddish hue. It has brown pith flecks and small gum pockets that accent the already appealing grain pattern.  The color of Cherry is considered unique among the hardwoods.


Walnut – Walnut is a domestic hardwood that is attractive, tight-grained, and improves with age. Walnut is the only North American dark wood; its color is a dark chocolate brown.  Its color also goes well with other wood species when choosing an end grain butcher block.

Wenge – Imported wood with a uniform dark chocolate brown color that is used primarily where a bold dark color or contrasting light and dark accent strips are desired.

Red Oak – Red Oak is very strong and very hard with high durability and wear resistance. It is reddish in color and with dark, elongated grains and cathedrals.  The grain lines provide a nice contrast to the color of the wood.

Wood Types

We use only the highest quality hard woods to construct our wood countertops.  Our countertops can be constructed using a variety of wood species. Choose a single species for a sleek and simple look or multiple species for added design elements and complexity.

Almost all hardwood species are suitable for countertops, so if you have something in mind that you don’t see here, please contact us.  We are happy to work with you to find the best wood for your project. The following are woods we frequently use: 

Mahogany –Mahogany has long been the choice in fine furniture and millwork.  Mahogany wood countertops are a light to deep brown with a reddish hue.  The grain is straight to interlocked, with medium to course texture.