I have included the scientific names to exactly define the wood species that I use to make bobbins and lace accessories.
This is to avoid confusion, as there are species with the same, or similar, common name that look and behave differently.
All photos are "double head" style bobbins, the same wood species are used to make accessories and other items.

Not all species available are listed, more will be added when time permits.
Missing photos will be added as time permits.

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SUGAR MAPLE (Acer saccharum
Sourced primarily from forest thinning.
       Note colour differences between the photos. Some of this is due to my photography, but Sugar Maple may exhibit this range.

DH Maple straight grain
         Standard, straight grain. This type is excellent for adding logos or colour stripes

DHmaple birdseye
        Birdseye grain (minimum of 2 'birdseye' circles on each bobbin)

DH Maple Tiger stripe grain
       Tiger grain (semi irridescent 'stripes' across length of bobbin)

LILAC   (Syringa vulgaris L.)
                            Sourced primarily from homeowner's gardens.

     Light  (colour shown is 'aged' to show colour change with time)

Lilac, Dark/light
Dark / light (colour shown is appearance when bobbin is first made. Amount of dark grain varies from bobbin to bobbin)

DH lilac dark

 "Purple" accents/stripes (the 'yellow' in this photo is just poor photography on my part, should look more like the 'dark' bobbin)

      BLACK CHERRY  (Prunus serotina)
                            Sourced primarily from tree removals above 45o N. Tighter grain and better colour from northern trees.

DH cherry        Heartwood (ages to reddish brown). I use heartwood only for bobbins, outside 'live' wood is weaker and not attractive.

        WHITE BIRCH  (Betula papyrifera)   (a.k.a: Paper Birch, Silver Birch, Canoe Birch)
                                Sourced primarily from urban tree removals

DH birch      Light blonde. This species colour is excellent as a background for bobbins with added colour stripes or logos

       APPLE   (Malus sylvestris) ('common' apple scientific name, I primarily use flowering crabapple wood)
                                Sourced primarily from urban tree removals.

Apple, light


HONEY LOCUST (Gleditsia triacanthos)
                                Sourced primarily from urban tree pruning and removals.

DH Honey Locust       Wood has an unusual grain appearance, quite different from most other species. Photos don't quite capture this. This photo is not great, has a false yellow cast - need to take a better picture!

BLACK LOCUST (Robinia pseudoacacia)
                                Sourced primarily from urban tree pruning and removals.

    Wood has an unusual grain pattern, somewhat iridescent.

PEAR (Pyrus communis) (I use wood from fruit pear tree removals)
                                   Sourced primarily from homeowner gardens, Occasionally a pruning from a lacemaker's favourite fruit tree.

         Colour can vary from medium blonde to medium brown. Medium brown wood ages to a darkish caramel.

 HAWTHORN (Crataegul spp.)   Sourced primarily from wild growth next to woodlots.
             There are many varieties of Hawthorn growing locally. The wood of all varieties is very similar if grown in the same area.
             Cockspur Hawthorn (Crataegus crus-galli) and Downy Hawthorn (Crataegus mollis) are the most common in my area.

             Light to mid blond colour, with occasional brown 'line' accents.

         IRONWOOD (Ostrya virginiana) (aka Hop hornbeam) Source: urban & woodlot tree removals.

                Very hard, dense wood. Colour darkens with time, occasional dark 'lines' in grain.

       OSAGE ORANGE (Maclura pomifera) Sourced from local craft wood supplier, trees grown locally.
                Orange colour, orange/brown grain lines. Side and end grain views shown.

        Colour brightness slowly fades over time, but still remains 'orange'

       SWEETGUM (Liquidambar styraciflua) (a.k.a. Red Gum)
                Sourced from local craft wood supplier, trees grown in Ontario and New York State.

                Dark brown, with almost black grain lines. Side and edge grain views shown.

       MULBERRY (Morus citrifolia) Sourced from local tree removals.
            Yellow live wood with light tan heart wood. Colour fades with age and exposure to UV light.


     BUCKTHORN (Rhamnus cathartica)
            Sourced from farm wood lot removals.
            Heart wood is orange/brown, live wood is orange. "Dead" live wood can be gray.

            Grain has a 'lace' like appearance on end grain.
            Wood is hard to work and dulls tools quickly, but the orange colour and attractive grain is worth the effort

          RUSSIAN / AUTUMN OLIVE (Elaeagnus angustifolia / Elaeagnus umbellata)  
                                    The two names describe cultivars of the same genus
                                    Sourced from urban tree removals.

Russian Olive
Brown, with darker streaks.

            Check my stock first; wood from this tree is very wavy and obtaining straight grain wood for bobbins not always possible.

       DYMONDWOOD (Dense wood made of compacted Birch veneer (Betula papyrifera) - very durable, hard and dense)
                                                           Wood is denser than most tropical species, makes a lovely sound when working.
NOTE: this wood is no longer being made as the producing factory has been destroyed by fire.
                                              I do have significant stock left in all four colours.

Dymondwood, burgundy
        Rosewood burgundy


       Cocobolo / Macassar

       Tropical Purplewood

     BOCOTE (Cordia alliodora) An open grain tropical hardwood.
                                   Sourced from importer

       Dark (almost black) grain lines between gray-brown wood. Edge and side grain views shown in photo.

     KINGWOOD (Dalbergia cearensis) Sourced from importer
            Reddish brown. One of the most treasured of wood species.

       JATOBA (Ormosia monosperma) a.k.a. Brazilian Cherry.
            Sourced from importer
            Dark, reddish brown. Edge and side grain views shown in photo. Very hard and durable.

        ANGELIM VERMELHO (Dinizia excelsa)
Sourced from importer
                    Medium brown colour, darker grain lines.

       BLOODWOOD (Brosimum rubescens) (a.k.a. Cardinal wood, Muirapiranga, Conduru Satine Rouge)
                Sourced from importer. Colour: Red.   Wood keeps it's colour with age.


 WENGE (Millettia laurentii) (a.k.a. African Rosewood)   Hard to find pieces suitable for bobbins at this time.
            Sourced from importer. Colour: Black with dark brown grain.