Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Certified Material
Hood Distribution supports responsible forest management and is FSC Chain of Custody (CoC) certified. FSC certification provides a credible link between production and consumption of forest products, enabling consumers and businesses to make purchasing decisions that benefit people and the environment as well as providing ongoing business value.
As a multi-stakeholder organization, FSC applies the directive of its members to develop forest management and chain of custody standards, deliver trademark assurance and provide accreditation services to a global network of committed businesses, organizations and communities.
Long standing relationships with reputable sawmills that possess the same initiatives as Hood Distribution afford us the ability to meet your certified wood requirements.
Aniegre is typically found in East Africa and is considered to closely resemble Birch. It is pale to reddish brown in color with a nice even straight grain. Aniegre is very dense, therefore, carbide tooling is recommended when machining. It finishes very well and has excellent nail holding and gluing properties.
Aniegre is often utilized in the manufacture of decorative and architectural grade plywood. It is also a very popular choice among furniture makers for high end custom pieces.
Aniegre is available in 4/4 and 8/4 thicknesses and FAS1F grade.
Apitong is a very dense and tough wood with a relatively coarse grain pattern. It is very harsh on ordinary steel tooling due to its extremely high mineral content. Apitong is highly durable and is chosen over other woods for applications where they may decay or there is exposure to abrasive wear. Apitong is similar to Lauan; however, it does not finish as well due to the coarseness of the grain structure. The heartwood is moderately dark brownish red in color.
Apitong has been largely successful in the United States in truck bed and truck flooring applications. It is also widely used in the construction of skids, crates, pallets or any application requiring a durable wear-resistant material.
Apitong is widely available in 8/4 random width and length truck bed stock.
Beech, European Steamed
The importing of European Steamed Beech has gained in popularity over the years due to its resemblance to Alder. It is blonde in color with some light red transitions. European Steamed Beech is marketed as a substitute for Alder and therefore is traded on the same grading rules as Alder.
Beech takes a stain very well and promotes resistance to wear. Due to these characteristics, it is widely utilized in the cabinet and furniture industries. Beech is also a nice choice in the manufacture of moulding due to its machining abilities.
European Steamed Beech is available in 4/4, 5/4, 6/4, 8/4, and 10/4 thicknesses in Superior, Superior One Face and Cabinet grades.
Russian Birch (known as Baltic Birch as well) is a fine grain hardwood with white sapwood. Its even texture takes stains very well so finished products could range from natural to any color.
Russian Birch lumber is an excellent choice for furniture, finger jointed edge glued panels, flooring, mouldings and other specialty products.
Russian Birch is available in 4/4 and 8/4 thicknesses in Select and #1 Common Grades.
Bubinga is a very hard and heavy wood that is often referred to African Rosewood. It is primarily cut and exported from Africa’s Ivory Coast. It is very deep red in color with some sporadic darker color veining.
Bubinga is primarily used in the construction of fine cabinetry and furniture pieces. It is also widely used as a blank for wood turning. It is also a popular veneer choice for decorative plywood applications.
Bubinga is available in 4/4 and 8/4 thicknesses and FAS1F grade.
Spanish Cedar is closely related to and resembles Mahogany; however, it is lighter in weight and the grain pattern is more coarse and softer in texture. It is a relatively stable wood that machines very well with standard woodworking tools. Spanish Cedar is resistant to decay and dry wood termites which makes it a popular choice for exterior applications. The more desirable grades are primarily all heartwood with a pale brown to light pink tint.
In the Gulf Coast states, Spanish cedar has become a popular choice among boat builders, especially relating to shrimp and ocean fishing boats. It has also become widely used in residential cabinet applications. Spanish Cedar has always been widely used in the manufacture of outdoor furniture, decking, paneling and string instruments in the music industry.
Spanish Cedar is available in 4/4, 5/4, 6/4, 8/4, 10/4, 12/4, and 16/4 thicknesses in Premium Select and Select & Better grades.
Ipe’ is very dense and heavy and is reasonably difficult to machine. It is great for outdoor applications due to its resistance to decay and low maintenance characteristics. Ipe’ carries a Class A fire rating and is many times harder than treated pine. The heartwood is olive brown and contrasts dramatically in color to the yellow-gray to gray-brown sapwood.
Ipe’ is primarily utilized in the construction of decks, docks, marinas, and boardwalks. Outdoor furniture and sound barriers are also common applications were Ipe’ is deemed beneficial.
Ipe’ is primarily available as 1×4 thru 1×12 eased four edges (E4E) boards, 5/4×4 and 5/4×6 E4E deck boards, 2×4 thru 2×12 dimensional stock, and 4×4 posts. It is commonly available in First European Quality (FEQ) and Common/Select grades.
Jatoba is a very hard and durable wood with excellent shock resistance. It is often times referred to as Brazilian Cherry. Jatoba is reddish-brown in color with a faint golden glow.
Jatoba lumber is primarily used for flooring, furniture, and tool handles.
Jatoba is available in 4/4, 5/4, 6/4, and 8/4 thicknesses and Select & Better grade.
Lyptus is a South American import that is reasonably dense with great workability, machining properties, and overall strength. It compares nicely in overall composition to that of Hard Maple. However, it is similar in appearance to Cherry and Mahogany.
Lyptus is an ideal choice for furniture, cabinets, flooring, and architectural millwork.
Lyptus is available in 4/4, 5/4, 6/4, and 8/4 thicknesses and FAS1F and Select & Better grades.
African Mahogany closely resembles Genuine Mahogany in its color and workability. However, the African species does tend to have a prominence of ribbon-figure or “ribbon stripe”. African Mahogany is a medium reddish brown color. It is much lighter in color than most expect it to be. However, it dramatically darkens with age.
Ribbon stripe African Mahogany is very attractive in its appearance and is a nice choice for cabinetry and fine furniture pieces. It is also a premier choice among boat builders, not for its beauty, but for the strength and stability it offers. African Mahogany is also used extensively in millwork applications such as entry units and window sashes.
African Mahogany is available in 4/4, 5/4, 6/4, 8/4, 10/4 and 12/4 thicknesses in Select & Better grade.
Imported from Peru and Brazil, Mara Macho is easily kiln dried, but has a tendency to twist and bow. The grain has similar characteristics to Spanish Cedar, but the durability is rated low for exterior applications. Mara Macho contains medium brown color heartwood and pinkish sapwood. Said to machine easily and finish smoothly.
Mara Macho is available in 4/4, 6/4, & 8/4 Select & Better.
Genuine Mahogany is the premier choice among the wood workers of the world. Issues related to availability are increasing due to the restrictions of many South American countries regarding the export of the specie in random width and length rough lumber form. It is preferred to export the specie in dimensional lumber form or as a finished product such as furniture. Genuine Mahogany is moderately dense. The strength factor of the specie is very high in relation to its physical weight. Genuine Mahogany is a very stable and durable wood that machines and finishes exceptionally well. It is medium reddish brown in color and dramatically darkens with age.
Genuine Mahogany is highly sought after for a number of diverse applications. It is extensively utilized in the furniture and cabinet industries. Boat builders utilize the specie for structural as well as interior applications. Because the heartwood of Genuine Mahogany is so durable and suitable for exterior applications; it is an ideal choice for paneling, moulding, flooring, doors, and shutters.
Genuine Mahogany is available in 4/4, 5/4, 6/4,8/4, 10/4, 12/4 and 16/4 thicknesses and FAS1F (mixed grain) and Pattern (straight grain) grades.
Philippine Mahogany is available in the United States in the dark red and light red varieties. It is similar in appearance to and machines like Lauan. This specie of the Mahogany family is relatively dense with a very firm texture.
Philippine Mahogany is often used in the manufacture of fine furniture. It has also become a popular choice for residential exterior decking applications.
Philippine Mahogany is available in 4/4, 5/4, 6/4 and 8/4 thicknesses in FAS1F grade.
Mukulungu (African Redwood)
Select African Rosewood is very dense and heavy, similar to Ipe. It is an African species that is the closest in density and exterior properties to Ipe of any other species available. African Rosewood is difficult to machine and heavy in weight.
Most often used in exterior applications such as decking due to its natural resistance to decay and low maintenance characteristics. The heartwood is a pinkish red and sapwood that is just pink, with no dramatic variance in color from sapwood to the heartwood.
Mukulungu is available in 5/4 x 6” E4E 2×4 thru 2×8 4×4 Posts
Padauk is very hard and coarse in texture with an interlocking grain pattern. It is also commonly know as Vermillion. The wood dust from this specie can cause some minor respiratory issues if precaution is not taken during the cutting and sanding process. Padauk is light to dark red in color with contrasting streaks throughout.
Padauk is primarily used as an accent wood in upper end cabinetry and furniture. It is also not uncommon to find smaller fine furniture pieces constructed entirely out of Padauk.
Padauk is available in 4/4 and 8/4 thicknesses and FAS1F grade.
Radiata Pine is a softwood tree, however, it is harder (denser) than several hardwood species. The tree is native to the United States. However, Radiata Pine is now more widely known to be an import wood versus being sawn and distributed domestically. There are large plantations in New Zealand, Chile, Austria, and Spain. Radiata Pine is often sold blanked and finger jointed.
Radiata Pine is used extensively for mouldings, shelving, and interior trim boards. It paints very well.
Radiata Pine is available in 1×2 thru 1×12 S4S boards in both solid and finger joint as well as raw and primed configurations. Moulding blanks and select pattern stock is also available.
Purpleheart is also known as and commonly called Amaranth or Violet Wood. It is very hard and can be difficult to work unless the proper tooling is utilized. Purpleheart has a relatively straight grain with a medium texture and a very deep, rich purple color. The color will turn dull brown over time if left raw or un-sealed.
Purpleheart is primarily used for inlays and accents in cabinetry, but is also utilized in the construction of pool cues.
Purpleheart is available in 4/4 and 8/4 thicknesses and FAS1F grade.
Red Gandis offers uniform product quality due to the fact that it is a single species harvested from a single plantation grown in Uruguay under identical growing conditions. The specie offers a straight grain and a consistent medium pink color as well as carrying a natural durability to fungi. Red Grandis has excellent strength and stiffness while machining very well with good dimensional stability.
Red Grandis is ideal for cabinetry, millwork, flooring, and both commercial and residential furniture.
Red Grandis is available in 4/4, 5/4, 6/4, and 8/4 thicknesses in FAS1F grade.
Sapele closely resembles African Mahogany in appearance, however, it is harder and heavier. The specie has an interlocking grain that is often wavy in appearance. Sapele is a medium reddish brown color with a medium texture. It carries the typical Mahogany look and color, but does not have the same strength and stability of true Mahogany.
Sapele finishes well and machines relatively well. Due to this, it is a popular choice for furniture, cabinets, store fixtures, and boats. Sapele is often utilized as a substitute for the sometimes difficult to find and expensive Genuine Mahogany.
Sapele is available flat sawn and quarter sawn in 4/4, 5/4, 6/4, 8/4, 10/4, 12/4 and 16/4 thicknesses in Select & Better grade.
Sipo is another African import specie that is an excellent substitute for Genuine Mahogany. Compared to other substitutes, Sipo’s workability is closest to that of Genuine Mahogany. The heartwood contains uniform red, brown color with a well defined sapwood. Sipo is most often used in exterior applications due to the rot resistence characteristics.
Sipo/Utile is available in 4/4, 5/4, 6/4, 8/4 Select & Better
Among industry professionals, Teak is considered one the most valuable and beautiful species in the world. It is very strong, hard, and durable. Teak naturally contains oil silicates that act as a preserver to the elements in salt water environments. It is a very stable, straight grained wood that machines reasonably well with the proper equipment. Teak varies in color from yellow to brown and darkens with exposure to the elements.
Because of its natural traits, Teak has a history of extensive use in the ship building industry. It has also been utilized in the manufacture of outdoor furniture and highly custom wood flooring.
Teak is available in 4/4 and 8/4 thicknesses and First European Quality (FEQ) grade.
Wenge is a very hard, durable, and dimensionally stable wood. It machines and finishes very well. Wenge is dark chocolate to almost black in color.
Wenge has long been regarded as one of the premier choices for wood flooring. It is also utilized in the construction of fine furniture, paneling, and is very popular among wood turners.
Wenge is available in 4/4 and 8/4 thicknesses and Select & Better grade.
Zebrawood is very heavy and hard and uniquely striking in its appearance. It has a coarse texture and is light gold in color with streaks of dark brown to almost black running throughout.
Zebrawood is primarily used in conjunction with other woods as an accent due its unique appearance. However, it is sometimes utilized as wall paneling for accent walls and in the construction of fine furniture pieces.
Zebrawood is available in 4/4 thickness and Select & Better grade.