Wood of the Month
Pictures and images of wood species. Learn about hardwood and softwood including maple, cherry, pine, chestnut, birch and zebrawood.
By Jo-Ann Kaiser | Updated: 02/05/1999 2:00:00 AM
Chenchen is a wood that has been gaining in popularity but is still not widely known. Part of the problem may be that this African wood is known by so many different names. Antiaris and kyenkyen are the most commonly used, but bonkonko, kirundu, oro, ogiovu, ako, andoum, tsangu, akeche, mkuzu, mlulu, and mumaka are also used in various parts of the world.
By Jo-Ann Kaiser | Updated: 11/05/1999 2:00:00 AM
If you want to generalize about trees of the genus Taxodium, think impressive size and longevity. Members of this diverse group include such behemoths as the redwood, the giant sequoia, Japanese cedar, Chinese fir and one of the biggest conifers of the eastern United States—the bald cypress.
By Jo-Ann Kaiser | Updated: 07/05/1998 2:00:00 AM
Oak is such a commonly used wood in the United States that it could almost be described as ubiquitous. Most of the industry divides oak into two main categories, white oak and red oak. But even when oak is counted as two distinct woods, red oak and white oak have consistently been named among the top five most used woods at the High Point Furniture market each spring and fall.
Updated: 10/12/1995 2:00:00 AM
Afrormosia closely resembles teak and is so often used as a teak substitute that it is sometimes referred to as African teak. But the wood is prized for for more than simply its resemblance to teak -- it is also valued for character and properties all its own.