selection of wood

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.

Maple wood

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.

Spalted beech

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.

Cherry wood

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.

Erica arborea

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.

Mirabelle wood

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.

Rose wood

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.

Apple wood

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.

Elm wood

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.

Stone oak

Colour: grey| Grain: mostly diagonal wood rays | Hardness: medium

The wood I call “holm oak” is oxidized, gray oak wood. It is conditionally suitable for engraving if the text is not too long. Alternatively, the innermost layer of wood can be made of a lighter wood.

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.

Smoked eucalyptus

Colour: black| Grain: without grain | Hardness: hard

Deep black hard wood mostly without grain.