wood types

I stock Cherry, Hard Maple and Black Walnut. Through testing a number of different varieties I had the best luck with these three.  They also give a nice spectrum of natural wood tones to choose from.  Looking at the pictures of all the coasters will give you a good idea about the range of colors you could expect from these species.  Some might have lighter spots (sapwood) and some might have darker spots (burl or crotch).

If you would like any of my products made from a specific wood, drop me a line and we can discuss it!

Cherry

Reddish brown with a golden luster. Freshly cut cherry is often very pale, but the wood oxidizes to its famously favorable rich brown red in time.  The sapwood of this species can be almost white on the edges of this lumber.  If you see a two toned coaster, that's what you're seeing.

 Cherry coasters.

Cherry coasters.

Hard Maple

Creamy white to yellowish or pale tan.  This fine grained wood is quite hard and dense but still remains quite workable. 

 Hard maple coasters.

Hard maple coasters.

Black Walnut

Light to dark brown or chocolate brown.  The sapwood of this species is a lighter blondish color which you might see streaking through some of the pieces. 

 Black walnut coasters.

Black walnut coasters.


Finish

There are no stains or any colors added to my products; all of the color is the natural color of the wood.  Everything gets a few coats of clear finishes to ensure they are as water resistant as possible and retain their original shape and last for ages. 


Care

These coasters should be handled and cleaned like fine furniture or other solid wood products with an oil based furniture cleaner and a cotton rag.  Since wood is a living moving material it has to be treated with care and kept from extreme temperatures and soaking them in water for long periods of time.  The finish will keep them in tact through quite a lot, but if you leave them in a puddle of water for a few days, they probably will warp.