Materials

Timber

For those who are unfamiliar with timber here is a brief description of the timbers that we cut.

As each tree is individual and the wood produced is unique, colour and grain structure can vary.

OBECHI

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

CEDAR

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

SPRUCE

The term SPRUCE is mainly a strong constructional wood for aircraft models. Most Northern Hemisphere softwoods come under this heading, with either Hemlock or Douglas Fir supplied in most model shops. We usually supply Douglas Fir as its more reliable. Sitka Spruce is occasionally available but quite expensive.

MAHOGANY

Most Mahogany used for model making is from Brazil but not widely available. The same species from other countries is available but at a high cost and not always of a suitable quality.

SAPELE

Sapele is very similar in colour to Mahogany but generally harder with a closer and finer grain structure.

WALNUT

We only cut North American Black Walnut and is considered by craftsmen to be the very best. Walnut is close grained and mostly dark in colour. African Walnut is frequently offered in shops and, has a Mahogany type grain structure with a Walnut colour. Please note we do not cut or supply this.

LIME

Lime is straw coloured with very little grain features, renowned for its carving qualities and frequently used for deck planking etc.

MAPLE

Maple from North America, is lighter in colour but harder and heavier than Sycamore its UK cousin. With virtually no grain visible it is the whitest timber we supply.

CHERRY

Cherry is very similar to Maple in all respects except colour - Pink rather than white.

PEAR

Close grained and dense. Pear is similar in weight to Maple and a much darker shade of pink than Cherry, a favorite with boat builders.

TULIP-WOOD

This is also known as American Poplar. Tulip Wood is a relatively hard timber with colour ranging from off white through to dark Olive Green. Attractive when polished and frequently used to simulate sun-bleached Teak decks.

OAK

English Oak is one of the hardest woods we use and is the coarsest grained timber we cut. We use the finest grain available.

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