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Please note that not all styles are available in colours at the moment
Below are a few samples of the types of wood we use for the pen bodies.
Exotic and non native woods.
Central America and Mexico
Color ranges from medium to dark brown, sometimes with either a green or purple hue, with darker bands of black growth rings intermixed. Ziricote has a very unique appearance, which is sometimes referred to as “spider-webbing” or “landscape” grain figure.
Bobgunnia fistuloides, B. madagascariensis
Heartwood tends to vary in color from a pink or yellow to a darker reddish brown, with darker brown streaks common. White to pale yellow sapwood clearly demarcated from heartwood. Color tends to darken with age.
African Padauk, Vermillion
Central and tropical west Africa
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.
Gaboon Ebony, African Ebony, Nigerian Ebony, Cameroon Ebony
Equatorial West Africa
Heartwood is usually jet-black, with little to no variation or visible grain. Occasionally dark brown or grayish-brown streaks may be present.
Snakewood, Letterwood, Amourette
Brosimum guianense (syn. Piratinera guianensis)
Coastal regions of northeast South America
Snakewood is so called for its characteristic snakeskin patterns. Wood is typically a reddish brown, with contrasting darker brown or black patches. Color tends to darken and homogenize with age and exposure
Heartwood is a very dark brown with black streaks. Upon application of a wood finish (particularly an oil-finish) the wood can become nearly black.
Olea spp. (Olea europaea, O. capensis)
Europe and eastern Africa
Heartwood is a cream or yellowish brown, with darker brown or black contrasting streaks. Color tends to deepen with age.
Cocobolo, Cocobola, Cocabola
Cocobolo can be seen in a kaleidoscope of different colors, ranging from yellow, orange, red, and shades of brown with streaks of black or purple. Sapwood is typically a very pale yellow. Colors are lighter when freshly sanded/cut, and darken with age.
African blackwood, Mpingo (Swahili)
Dry savanna regions of central and southern Africa.
Often completely black, with little or no discernible grain. Occasionally slightly lighter, with a dark brown or purplish hue.
European Yew, Common Yew
Europe, Southwest Asia
Sapwood is usually a thin band of pale yellow or tan color, while the heartwood is an orangish brown, sometimes with a darker brown or purplish hue. Color tends to darken with age.
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.
Beech is typically a pale cream color, sometimes with a pink or brown hue
European Ash, Common Ash
Europe and southwestern Asia
The heartwood is a light to medium brown color, though darker streaks can also be seen, which is sometimes sold as Olive Ash. Sapwood can be very wide, and tends to be a beige or light brown;
English Oak, European Oak
Most of Europe, to Asia Minor, and North Africa
Heartwood is a light to medium brown, commonly with an olive cast, though there can be a fair amount of variation in color.
Sweet Cherry, Wild Cherry, European Cherry
Europe and Asia
Heartwood is a light pinkish brown when freshly cut, darkening to a deeper golden brown with time and upon exposure to light. Sapwood is a pale yellowish color.
Eastern United States
Heartwood can range from a lighter pale brown to a dark chocolate brown with darker brown streaks. Color can sometimes have a grey, purple, or reddish cast. Sapwood is pale yellow-gray to nearly white.