HolzTraum’s selection of wood includes hand-cut veneer from local woods. But industrially manufactured veneers are also on offer. Here you can see what has already been made into rings. I also have arctic white ash, lemon tree, walnut root and carob tree. The veneers are still waiting to be realised.
Colour: light beige | Grain: without grain / bird’s eye | Hardness: medium
Maple wood from the trunk has almost no grain. It is excellent for engraving longer text, fine lettering, or small lettering. Root maple or bird’s eye maple has an amorphous structure of tiny eye-like adhesions. When engraving, it can happen that the laser engraves the writing less dark in the hard regions of the eyes. The typeface becomes irregular as a result. This cannot be avoided with bird’s eye maple. If you prefer an even engraving, you should choose smooth maple wood.
Colour: beige to brown | Grain: crossed by black streaks | Hardness: medium
Spalted beech wood is very diverse in colour. The veneer strips are hand cut so there are always two identical structures resulting in very similar pairs of rings. The grain and the brightness can vary greatly. Sometimes the color changes unexpectedly in the vacuum. Sometimes streaks become thicker and sometimes thinner in the valuum. This cannot be calculated in advance. An exalted wood that undoubtedly produces very individual rings. But a certain amount of random in the game with the wood is unmanageable.
Colour: beige, darkens a little | Grain: tiny rays or without | Hardness: medium
Cherry wood is now also available from our own production, so that every ring shimmers in the light with tiny rays of wood. Cherry wood becomes darker towards the middle of the trunk, i.e. the more ripe it is. It is good for engraving.
Walnut / natural oak
Colour: brown, beige | Grain: wood rays | Hardness: medium hard
Two types of wood that I mainly use for the inside of the ring when engraving is desired in dark rings. Walnut wood inside the ring in the first picture. On the second picture walnut in the front, natural oak in the back. Other, darker oak woods follow below.
Colour: beige to salmon-colored | Grain: small dots due to wood rays | Hardness: hard
Veneer from our own production. Cut from a piece of firewood from La Gomera. The tiny wooden rays are characteristic. They are mostly seen as dots, rarely as stripes. The wood is extremely hard and beige to salmon in colour. It is good for engraving.
Colour: beige, reddish brown, brown | Grain: wood rays | Hardness: medium
Mirabelle wood from our own production of local fruit trees always has iridescent wood rays. The coloring ranges from beige in the sapwood to reddish brown to brown in the mature wood. Feel free to tell your preferences, It is suitable for engraving.
Colour: brick red to dark brown | Grain: Stripes through annual rings | Hardness: hard
Rosewood is a very hard wood that is characterized by its noticeable growth rings. The stripes usually run parallel to the edges of the ring, occasionally somewhat diagonally. Knotholes or irregularities are rare.
Rosewood is suitable for short engravings of some characters. For longer engravings, I recommend a two-tone ring, either maple wood on the inside or lighter rosewood on the inside.
Colour: reddish brown, brown | Grain: plain, possibly black streaks | Hardness: medium
The apple wood seen here is reddish brown and industrial veneer.
I now also have apple veneer from my own production, which is a bit lighter. Apple wood has hardly any structure. It is suitable for short engravings.
Color: yellow, light brown, gray | Grain: conspicuous, geometric to dotted | Hardness: medium
Elm wood is also called elm. It is very diverse in color. Classically, elm wood is light brown, as can be seen inside the ring at the top right. The elm wood I cut myself turns yellow when it comes into contact with lye.
When elm wood matures under water in a bog for several hundred years, it is referred to as bog elm wood, which has a grey-brown colour.
The grain of elm wood is unique. The wood is traversed by partly wide wood rays, which result in a geometric pattern with the annual rings.
Bog oak, smoked oak
Colour: brown-black, grey-black| Grain: diagonal rays | Hardness: medium
Oak wood can be stained dark by two processes.
Smoked oak as shown is uniformly brown to black and occasionally streaked with iridescent diagonal rays.
Bog oak is oak wood that has matured in the bog. It is slightly more structured with dark gray wood rays.