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Mitch's World Of Woods

Discover some of the many wood species available to woodworkers these days.
Some are my old favourites, while others I will be experiencing for the first time.

Donations of any wood species, not yet covered, much appreciated (CITIES permitting).
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Look up the species you require in the table below (you can sort on any column in some browsers)

Species Latin Video link
African Padauk pterocarpus soyauxii
European White Oak quercus petraea /
quercus robur
Panga Panga millettia stuhlmannii
American White Oak quercus alba
Chamfuta afzelia quanzensis
American Walnut juglans nigra
Milk Pear Inhambanella henriquesii
European Ash fraxinus excelsior
Tanga Tanga albizia ferruginea/versicolor
European Walnut juglans regia
Lemonwood xymalos monospora
Rimu dacrydium cupressinum
Kauri Pine
(New Zealand)
agathis australis
Jarrah eucalyptus marginata
Narra pterocarpus indicus
Pohutakawa metrosideros excelsa
marmaroxylon racemosum
Kiaat pterocarpus angolensis
Holly (Common,
English, European)
ilex aquifolium
Blackwood (African) dalbergia melanoxylon
Balata manilkara bidentata
Osage Orange maclura pomifera
European Olivewood olea europeae
European Cherry prunus avium
Dark Red Meranti shorea spp.
Light Red Meranti shorea spp.


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Unit 5, Loseley Park, Stakescorner Road, Guildford GU3 1HS, United Kingdom
01483 457 826 / 07795 663 792

World Woods in Colour - ISBN 0854420282
The Encyclopedia of Wood - ISBN 1845661583

Trees of Southern Africa - ISBN 978 1 86872 389 8
Useful Tropical Plants -
The Wood Database -
Wikipedia -

Thanks to fellow woodworkers and those involved in the wood supply business, who have all been generous with their knowledge.