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Thank you for visiting Paradise Valley Woodturning.   

I have explored new techniques in turning wood, open segmented, which gives a new dimension to the piece of art.  You can see these new pieces in the STORE under Artistic Bowls.

I have also been able to create amazing colors and added them to the fluid I use to stabilize spalted wood creating some outstanding patterns with the new amazing colors. These add a great deal of interest to pens, salt and peppermills and the handles of serving items. The new items can be seen and purchased in the STORE on the appropriate pages. 

NEW ITEMS have been added. Please check the new pages and the STORE. If you see an article on one of the pages but not in the store PLEASE CONTACT US. Many of the articles have been sold but a similar piece could be made. The grain will be different and the color of the wood is not always predictable.

After several years of perfecting my craft, and with encouragement from family and friends, I am now offering my personal, hand-crafted wood designs for your personal enjoyment or to give as a one of a kind gift.

I obtain my wood from well known suppliers and use only the best finishes. The use of exotic woods frequently adds a great deal of dimension to the product and the design process is based on the size, shape, style, orientation, and type of wood being used.

Visit the website now and select one of my handmade wood products that best suits you. They are not only pieces of art, but functional household items with a natural and unique flair.

Enjoy!

Ed Rohr

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In the information about the various pieces of wood art you will read about exotic woods and domestic woods. The exotic woods are generally more colorful than the domestic. Below is a list of the different woods.
EXOTIC WOODS






Domestic Woods

Birdseye maple- Light colored wood with pattern that resembles tiny, swirling eyes disrupting the smooth lines of grain. Grown in the Great Lakes region and the Rocky Mountains.

Cedar- A soft, red fine grained fragrant wood. Grown in many parts of the USA.

Cherry- Light to dark reddish brown in color. A heavy wood. Grown in the eastern USA.

Figured Maple- Light colored wood with exotic figure variously called tiger stripe, fiddleback, or flame. Grown in the northeastern USA.

Maple- Creamy to white sapwood. Light reddish brown heartstock. Has a straight grain. Grown in most of the USA.

Walnut- Beautiful dark to light brown color sometimes with a blackish striped figure. The grain is tight. Grown in most of the USA.

White Ash- Color is creamy white with occasional streaks of grey or brown, the heartwood is sometimes light brown with a red tinge. It is straight grained and coarse with a smooth texture. Grown in most of the USA.













.Afzella- Africa- Southeast Asia- Heartwood is reddish brown. Sapwood is a pale yellowish white. Tends to darken with age. Grain is interlocked with a uniform medium to coarse texture; naturally lustrous.

Amazakoue- Ghana - Heartwood is yellow brown to dark brown with gray to almost black stripes and its straight grain has an attractive figure. Sometimes contains whitish deposits.

Amboyna- Southeast Asia - A rare, exotic hardwood varies in color from yellow to golden brown to red. Straw colored sapwood. It has a wavy grain and is figured with numerous captivating swirls.

Anegre- West Africa - Heartwood is cream to tan with pinkish tinge. Straight grain but sometimes, wavy producing a mottled figure. It is lustrous and it’s texture is medium to fine.

​Argentine Osage Orange- Central & South America - Heartwood is golden to bright yellow which darkens to medium brown with time. Grain is straight to interlocked, with fine to medium texture.
Argentine Osage Orange- Central & South America - Heartwood is golden to bright yellow which darkens to medium brown with time. Grain is straight to interlocked, with fine to medium texture.

Avodire- Western & Central regions of Africa - Pale yellow or cream, darkening to golden yellow with age. Heartwood and sapwood usually look the same.

Ayan- West Africa - Yellow to orangish brown, tends to darken with age. Frequently exhibits figured grain patterns such as mottle or ripple. It may also be straight. Texture is fine with a high luster. Pores are open but small.

Birch, Downy- Northern Europe, Asia, Iceland, & Greenland - Heartwood is light to reddish brown, with nearly white sapwood. Occasionally figured pieces have a wide, shallow curl. 

Birch, Masur- Scandinavia - Color ranges from white, black and gold. Figure similar to birds eye maple. Can be highly spalted.

Birch, Silver- Europe & Southwest Asia - Heartwood tends to be a light reddish brown, with nearly white sapwood. It has a uniform appearance except for the occasional piece that has a shallow curl.

Blackwood, African- Africa - Color ranges from dark purple to brown. This is a very rare wood.

Blackwood, Australian- Tasmania & eastern Australia - Color can be highly variable usually medium golden or reddish brown. It is common to see ribbon-like streaks of color. Also, figured with wavy and/or curly grain.

​Blackwood, Burmese- Southeast Asia - The heartwood is dark blackish brown with sections of dark red with black or purple streaks. It is dense and hard.
Bloodwood- Central & South America - Bloodwood – “cardinal wood” is red to crimson color and tight straight interlocking grain. Very hard and dense.

Bocote- Central & South America & Mexico - Color is creamy to golden brown with wavy black to orange to yellow strips.

Brownheart-  South America - Color soft brown with straight grain and very little figure.

Bubinga- Africa - Color varies from light red to violet, with fairly evenly spaced purple or black stripes. It is fairly fine grained and hard.

Camelthorn- South Africa & Mozambique - Rare!! It is a dark reddish color and the sapwood is white. It has black streaking.

Camphor- Laos- Fine grained. Color varies from pinkish, reddish-

Canary Wood- South America - Heartwood is yellow, Typically streaked with “rainbow hued” colors, often mixed with shades of brown or red or blue. Sapwood is yellow.

Cebil- South America - The heartwood is pale to medium reddish brown, frequently with darker brown to black streaks 
throughout. Sapwood is pale yellow to pinkish brown. Color darkens with age.

Chinaberry- Southern Asia, Australia & Oceania- Color ranges from light pinkish orange to a deeper reddish brown. It becomes darker upon prolonged exposure to light. Sapwood is a light yellow. Grain varies from straight to interlocked. Texture is coarse & uneven, though with a pronounced luster.

Chakte Viga – Mexico - The heartwood varies slightly from pale to rich reddish orange. The grain is typically straight, but can be interlocking. The wood can darken with exposure to light.

Chechen- Central America - Colors are highly varied – red, orange and brown contrasted with darker stripes of blackish brown.

Cherry, Brazilian- Central & South America- Has a reddish brown color which deepens with exposure to light. The grain is straight to interlocking. Texture is medium to coarse.

Chinaberry- Southern Asia, Australia & Oceania- Color ranges from light pinkish orange to a deeper reddish brown. Darkens with prolonged exposure. Sapwood is lighter yellow. Grain is straight to wavy. 

Cocobolo- Central America- Hard and heavy wood having irregular grain with medium fine texture. Heartwood is a variegated color from purple red to yellow, with black markings. The color turns deep orange red with exposure.

Coolibah- Australia- Color is yellow to orange with wavy 
Grain. The burl has very interesting swirls.

Coyote- Central America- Color is pinkish to rose red to rich purple brown with darker streaks. Grain is straight to ropy often displaying interesting variety & patterns. Medium to fine texture.

Dalmata- Peru- It is a warm reddish brown color with black or very dark brown streaks. It can have a twisted grain.

Ebony, Black & White- Southeast Asia- Heartwood is creamy white with distinct black veins that can be very wavy.
Texture is fine with mostly straight grain. A rare wood.

Ebony, Gaboon- Africa - Jet black color with only the slightest possibility of dark brown streaks.

Ebony, Macassar- Southeast Asia- Dark brown to black heartwood with bands of yellow to golden brown. The bands are frequently wavy.

English Elm- Western Europe- The heartwood is light to medium reddish brown. Burls of English Elm contain a great deal of streaking and swirling.

Figured Red Gum- Australia- Colors range from rich reds in the heartwood to creamy white in the sapwood. The “basket weave” figure adds incredible depth, which is caused by the silky smooth grain that is interlocked. 

​Goncalo Alves- South America- Heartwood is reddish brown, almost copper colored, and is often streaked with darker brown.

Granadillo- Honduras- Reddish brown with charming light cream colored highlights and swirling grain.

Guayacan- South America- Heartwood is dark greenish brown to almost black and sharply demarcated from the pale yellow or cream colored sapwood. Texture is very fine; grain is strongly interlocked; a slight scent is evident when warmed.

Hormigo Negro- Central America- A dense, hard, reddish brown heartwood with dark stripes.

Iroko- Tropical Africa- Heartwood is usually yellow to golden or medium brown, with color darkening over time. The texture is medium to coarse with open pores and an interlocked grain.

Ironwood, Black- Caribbean & Central America- Heartwood can be a range of reds, oranges, violets, and browns. Pale yellowish white sapwood is clearly demarcated from heartwood. Small to very small pores with gum deposits in the heartwood creating a very fine texture with straight and even grain. 

Desert Ironwood- Mexico-Color is deep chocolate brown, almost black with yellowish red colors. It is so dense that it will not float. It is so hard that it is used for bearings.

Jatoba- Central & South America, Mexico, & the West Indies-Wood varies in color from light orange-brown to darker reddish brown, which darkens with age. Grain patterns are usually bland & undefined. It has a natural luster. Sometimes darker grayish brown streaks or curly figure are seen. It has a medium to coarse texture with large pores. The grain is wavy & interlocked. 

Jobillo- Central America- Heartwood is light reddish brown streaked with sharply contrasting dark reddish to black bands that resemble burn marks. It is a member of the cashew family.

Kauri- Northern Island of New Zealand- Scientifically proven to be around before the Ice Age. Has deep shimmering streaks of iridescence that are called “white bait”. Color is light to medium reddish brown.

Katalox – Yucatan Pennisula/ Mexico- Has a dark purple & reddish brown to nearly black heartwood that can show considerable color variation. Sapwood is sharply demarcated and is pale yellowish white. Curly and wavy grain are common.

Kiaat- South-central Africa- Heartwood varies widely from a lighter golden brown to a darker reddish or purplish brown. Has a medium texture with mid-sized pores. The grain is straight to interlocked. The color tends to get lighter with age.

Kingwood- Brazil- It is light to dark violet brown with lighter & darker stripes of purple. Bright luster, fine texture which develops a patina as it ages.

​Koa- only Hawaii- Color ranges from dark to light brown as well as nice red colors. It can have very curly grain.

Kwila- Southeast Asia- Heartwood bright yellow when first cut but becomes pale to dark reddish brown. Sapwood is pale yellow. Texture is moderately coarse but even. The grain is slightly interlocked, producing a ribbon figure.

Lacewood or Leopardwood- Central & South America- Commonly light pink with silvery sheen and exhibits a small flaky grain due to large rays.

Lati/White Wenge- West Africa- Heartwood is yellowish brown with streaks of orange pockets throughout. Has a coarse grain that is sometimes wavy.

Laurel Negro- Guatemala- Heartwood exhibits variable shades ranging from tobacco to reddish brown with irregular dark brown or black streaks.

Leadwood- South Africa north to Tanzania- Heartwood is almost black with gray to dark brown streaks. Texture is medium.

Lignum Vitae- South America- Heartwood is generally lighter with brown streaks and light green tint. It is fragrant. Grain is interlocked.

Limba, Black or White- Tropical western Africa- Heartwood is light yellowish to golden brown, sometimes with grey to nearly black streaks and veins. The darker figuring is the Black Limba, the nearly plain to plain is White Limba. Tends to darken with age. Grain is straight to slightly interlocked, with coarse texture.

​Macadamia Nut- Hawaii- The color is reddish brown. The wood pattern-grain is like Lacewood, fine grained with beautiful rays.

Mahogany, African- West tropical Africa- Heartwood is light pink-brown that darkens to reddish brown when cut. It has a medium to coarse texture & a straight to interlocked grain, which can yield a striped or roe figure.

Mahogany, Honduras- Honduras- Heartwood is reddish brown with a straight grain and fine even texture.

Mango- Hawaii- Colors range from blonde to chocolate brown with parts that might have pink orange as well as yellow colors. The wood can be curly.

Mamani- Hawaii- The heartwood is a nice yellow and the sapwood is white. It has a straight grain & even fine texture.

Marblewood- Brazil- Heartwood is yellow-beige with maroon to black wavy streaks. Sapwood is lighter in color. The grain is straight with a fine even texture making it smooth.

Milo- Hawaii-The color is pink when first cut but turns to medium to dark brown. The wood is strong & durable with natural oils.
Monkey Pod- Central & South America & Hawaii- Color tends to be golden to dark brown, sometimes with darker streaks. Sapwood is yellow/white. Sometimes has highly figured curly or wild grain patterns. Texture is medium to coarse, with medium to large open pores & a moderate natural luster.

Mopani- Southern Africa- Heartwood is rich brownish-red. It has a straight grain with a fine even texture.

Mora- Northen South America- A dense, hard, chocolate brown wood with spectacular heavily defined stripping of dark browns, reddish blacks, or tans & even bluish grays.  

Naio- Hawaii- The wood is light to deep yellow & the sapwood is white to cream color. The grain is straight. The texture is fine & smooth.

Olivewood- Central African Republic, Middle East- Light to medium brown with streaks of black and darker brown. Has a fine texture with shallow interlocked grain.

Orange Agate- South America- Rich orange brown to dark brown tones throughout. Dense grain features striking figure. 

Padauk- Africa- Heartwood ranges from pale pinkish orange to a deep brownish red. Most pieces tend to start reddish orange when freshly cut, darkening to reddish/purpleish brown. Has a coarse texture & fairly large open pores. Grain is usually straight, but sometimes can be interlocked.

​Monkey Pod- Central & South America & Hawaii- Color tends to be golden to dark brown, sometimes with darker streaks. Sapwood is yellow/white. Sometimes has highly figured curly or wild grain patterns. Texture is medium to coarse, with medium to large open pores & a moderate natural luster.

Mopani- Southern Africa- Heartwood is rich brownish-red. It has a straight grain with a fine even texture.

Mora- Northen South America- A dense, hard, chocolate brown wood with spectacular heavily defined stripping of dark browns, reddish blacks, or tans & even bluish grays.  

Naio- Hawaii- The wood is light to deep yellow & the sapwood is white to cream color. The grain is straight. The texture is fine & smooth.

Olivewood- Central African Republic, Middle East- Light to medium brown with streaks of black and darker brown. Has a fine texture with shallow interlocked grain.

Orange Agate- South America- Rich orange brown to dark brown tones throughout. Dense grain features striking figure. 

Padauk- Africa- Heartwood ranges from pale pinkish orange to a deep brownish red. Most pieces tend to start reddish orange when freshly cut, darkening to reddish/purpleish brown. Has a coarse texture & fairly large open pores. Grain is usually straight, but sometimes can be interlocked. 

​Monkey Pod- Central & South America & Hawaii- Color tends to be golden to dark brown, sometimes with darker streaks. Sapwood is yellow/white. Sometimes has highly figured curly or wild grain patterns. Texture is medium to coarse, with medium to large open pores & a moderate natural luster.

Mopani- Southern Africa- Heartwood is rich brownish-red. It has a straight grain with a fine even texture.

Mora- Northen South America- A dense, hard, chocolate brown wood with spectacular heavily defined stripping of dark browns, reddish blacks, or tans & even bluish grays.  

Naio- Hawaii- The wood is light to deep yellow & the sapwood is white to cream color. The grain is straight. The texture is fine & smooth.

Olivewood- Central African Republic, Middle East- Light to medium brown with streaks of black and darker brown. Has a fine texture with shallow interlocked grain.

Orange Agate- South America- Rich orange brown to dark brown tones throughout. Dense grain features striking figure. 

Padauk- Africa- Heartwood ranges from pale pinkish orange to a deep brownish red. Most pieces tend to start reddish orange when freshly cut, darkening to reddish/purpleish brown. Has a coarse texture & fairly large open pores. Grain is usually straight, but sometimes can be interlocked. 

​Palm, Black- Tropical Asia & Africa- Has a light tan to light brown body background streaked with dark brown and black fibers which are more concentrated to the outside of the tree trunk. Medium to fine texture. Grain is very straight.

Palm, Red - Southeast Asia- Reddish brown fibers are embedded in a light tan or brown colored body .

Panga Panga- Africa- It is very dark brown with black streaks. It becomes lighter when exposed to light. A very rare wood.

Pau Amarello- Central & South America- Fine straight grained hardwood with bright yellow color throughout. 

Pau Rosa- African rainforests- Heartwood varies from pink to yellow to a darker reddish brown, with darker brown streaks. White to pale yellow sapwood. Darkens with age. Grain is wavy or interlocked. Uniform, medium to coarse texture. 

Pheasantwood-South/Southeast Asia- Heartwood is a medium to dark brown, to nearly black, with lighter brown contrasting stripes, sometimes with a red or yellow hue. Grain is interlocked or wavy with a coarse texture. Open grained with resinous material.

Pink Ivory- Africa- One of the world’s rarest woods. Heartwood varies from light to dark pink & red with lighter shades of cream. Sapwood is light cream to off-white. Straight to wavy grain with fine texture.

Purpleheart- South America- Color is a dull brown when freshly cut, but quickly turns to a bright purple. Some fiddleback or ropy, mottled curly interlocked grain is present in rare boards. Darkens to brownish purple with exposure to light.

Queenwood- Peru- Contains a lavender to purple heartwood with highly grained characteristics & cream colored sapwood. 

Quina- Mexico, Central & South America- Heartwood varies from lighter golden brown to a darker purplish red or burgundy. Tends to turn more red/purple with age. Grain is interlocked with a medium to fine texture & open medium sized pores.

Redheart- Central America- Pale to dark red that will deepen in color with age. Grain is straight and tight. 

Rosewood, Bolivian- South America- Deep cark chocolate brown to purple black with occasional strips of even darker grain patterns. Fine textured with variable tones.  

Rosewood, Brazilian- Brazil- Color is more variegated & reddish. The grain can appear as “spider-webbing.

Rosewood, Burmese- South east Asia- Heartwood varies from burgundy to light brown. Swirls, chevrons, arches and stripes are present in this wood. Has a medium fine texture. Maintains color well.

Rosewood, East Indian- India- Heartwood is purple-brown with beautiful figuring of darker streaks, of cream, purple red & pink. Grain is commonly interlocked producing a narrow ribbon figure.
​Honduras- Belize (British Honduras)- Heartwood ranges from deep brownish-purple to a light brown. Most common is a brownish-mauve. Sapwood is pale yellow. Has small to medium pores and fine texture.

Rosewood, Yucatan- Central & South America- Heartwood can vary from light brown to deep, russet brown, usually a cinnamon brown. Grain tends to be bland, but darker streaks or swirled grain can be present. Medium texture with large open pores. 

Sapele- Africa- Medium to dark reddish brown or purplish brown. Tends to darken with age. Has wide variety of figured grain patterns, such as: pomelle, quitled, mottled, wavy, beeswing, & fiddleback. Has a fine texture & small pores.

Satainwood, Figured Asian- Southeast Asia- This beautiful wood has striking curly or fiddlebacked curly grain pattern. Heartwood ranges from creamy white to a light grayish color.

Snakewood- South America- The heartwood is a dark red or reddish brown with conspicuous, irregular black speckles or stripes resembling skins of certain snakes.

Sindora Burl- Southeast Asia- This is a very rare and sought after wood and therefore expensive. The heartwood is creamy white to tan. It is a very peculiar curly and highly figured wood. It is very difficult to work with due to the unpredictable grain.

Tamarind, Spalted- Tropical Africa- Heartwood is a deep reddish brown with a purplish hue. The sapwood is pale yellow where the spalting & other discoloration occurs. The grain is wavy & interlocked with a medium uniform texture. 

Tamboti- Swaziland, Africa- A rare wood with figure that is mottled and banded. The heartwood is reddish brown to tan, or slightly gray with subtle dark brown streaks that can be wavy.

Teak, Rodesian- Angola, Rhodesia, & Zambia- Heartwood is attractive reddish brown with prominent, irregular black lines & flecks. The sapwood is pale pinkish brown & clearly demarcated. The grain is straight or slightly interlocked with a fine even texture and low luster.

Teak, White Burl-Southern Asia- Color tends to be golden or medium brown. Grain is straight to wavy. It has a coarse uneven texture.

Thuya- Morocco- Color is generally an orangish or reddish brown. The frequency and size of the knot clusters can vary with the grain being more or less swirled/irregular. Has a medium to fine texture and a good natural luster.

Tigre Caspi- Peru, Central & South America- The heartwood is yellow to golden or orange brown, with irregular brown/black streaks. Texture is medium and uniform with open pores.

Timorana- Central America & Brazil- Heartwood is brilliant burnt orange & deeping reds with a golden glow beneath. It has interlocking and/or wavy grain. Regularly spaced large pores give it a coarse but even texture. 

Tineo- South America- Has a golden sapwood that darkens to a rich reddish brown after milling. Heartwood is strikingly beautiful with a bluish-black variegated stripe through pinkish-red. The grain is straight with a fine texture.

Toon- Southern Asia and Australia- Color ranges from pinkish to a darker reddish brown. Sapwood is paler. Grain is straight o slightly interlocked, with a coarse, uneven texture. Good natural luster.

Tulipwood- Northeastern Brazil- Heartwood is streaked with yellows, reds, oranges, & pinks. Color & figure highly variegated. Pores are open & medium sized. Grain is straight with fine texture. 

Wenge- Africa- Heartwood is very dark brown with black streaks. It becomes lighter with age. Has a straight grain & coarse texture. Has very large pores that can present a challenge to fill.

White Limba- Angola & Zaire- Heartwood & sapwood very similar ranging in color from pale cream to yellowish brown or straw color. Sometimes may have nearly black markings that produce an attractive figure. The texture is moderately coarse with a grain that is straight to interlocked.

Xylia- Central America- Has a nice orange color that darkens with time & often is strongly iridescent. Has a fine strainght grain & texture.

Zapote- Mexico & Central America- Color ranges from pink or red to a darker reddish brown to light reddish orange & often displays both. Sapwood is cream in color. Normal to have minor checking &/or gum pockets. Grain is straight to wavy with a medium to fine texture.

Zebrawood- West Africa- Heartwood is light tan to golden yellow with streaks of dark brown to black resembling a zebra’s stripes. The stripes can be chaotic to wavy or somewhat uniform depending on low it is sawn. It has a fairly coarse texture & open pores. Grain is usually wavy or interlocked.

Ziricote- Belize & Mexico- A rich dark brown color, with irregular thin, wavy black lines. It has straight grain & fine texture.