Nativa Interior Woods

American Black Walnut
Botanical Name: Juglans Nigra
Weight: approx. 36-38 lbs. per cubic foot
Black walnut typically grows as scattered individual trees or in small groups throughout the central and eastern parts of the United States. The tree is one of the most sought after of the native hardwoods. The heartwood is rich dark brown to purplish-black and is usually straight grained. Wavy or curly grain is sometimes present. This wood is easy to work, yet durable. It shrinks and swells less than any other wood, which makes it excellent for cabinetry.
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Mahogany
Botanical Name: Honduras, Swietenia Macrophylla
Weight: 36lb per cubic foot
Mahogany varies from yellowish, reddish, pinkish, or salmon colored when freshly cut, to a deep rich red, to reddish brown as the wood matures with age. Mahogany is fine to medium texture, with uniform to interlocking grain, ranging from straight to wavy or curly. Irregularities in the grain often produce highly attractive figures such as fiddleback or mottle. It has excellent workability, and is very durable and slow to deteriorate.
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Cherry
Botanical Name: Prunus serotina.
Weight: 33lb per cubic foot
This popular wood can be found in Midwestern and eastern United States. It’s supply isn’t highly abundant, and it is primary harvested for high grade lumber where it’s attractive color can be displayed. The wood is highly resistant to decay and has excellent stability since it doesn’t warp or move once dried.
The species of wood used to craft all of our products are considtered among the best in the world. The great majority of them come from North America and are NOT considered to be endangered. In fact, most of these species come from plantations where sustainability is the top priority.
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Wood Characteristics:

Density
Ratings are assigned on the per-thousand board-feet weight or thoroughly air dried or kiln dried lumber in the rough. Ratings are as follows:
2500 lbs or less – Soft
2501 to 3600 lbs – Medium
3601 to 4800 lbs – Hard Over
4800 lbs – Very Hard

Texture
The general physical composition of the wood. Texture affects both superficial and finishing qualities.

Grain
A guide to the growth characteristics of the tree. The term “straight” in this context is self explanatory. “Roey” is an industry term meaning that the grain is interlocked, irregular, or wavy. Wood with roey grain nearly always display ribbon stripe figure on quarter sections.

Durability
Refers to the rot resistance in situations favoring decay, e.g., in direct contact with the Earth. “Durability” ratings as follow: 1. Exceptionally Durable 2. Moderately Durable 3. Not Durable in the Sense

Price
The prices correspond to our buying price for the wood. At Nativa we favor eco-friendly high-quality woods over less expensive imports to maintain the high quality and durability of our products.

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