Woods & Stains
We offer the following wood & finish options. It is important to note that stain options are limited to the wood category that they are shown on below. Please refer to actual wood samples to make your final selection as images can vary from wood samples.
Mahogany from Indonesia
One of the great furniture woods, mahogany has straight, beautiful flowing grains, medium texture, and a hardness of around 3 on a scale of 1 to 5. It takes stain very well. It’s a hard wood but we would recommend Maple (also a hard wood) for an area like a kitchen that takes a lot of wear and tear. If you look at raw mahogany it has a red tint to it. It can be stained espresso (dark brown) but in the right light (and depending on your wall colour) the red will come through. Our supplier uses only “Indonesian legal wood” meaning that it is purchased from the government forestry department who manage the mahogany plantations in a sustainable way. To make sure that the mahogany adapts to North America climate our supplier’s uses carefully selected wood, properly kiln-dries it and uses the most advanced furniture construction techniques that allows for wood movement.
Mahogany (from Indonesia) Stain Options
Handstone – Maple
The Maple tree has long been associated with our Canadian Heritage. Maple provides the perfect balance of long lasting durability with the visual appeal of a fine textured, straight grained hardwood. Maple has been a traditional material to manufacture fine handcrafted furniture in Canada and the North Eastern United States for generations. We carefully select our Solid Maple to ensure uniform appearance and colour consistency. Our specially formulated finishes and application techniques are designed to highlight the natural beauty of this highly regarded hardwood.
Handstone Stain Options - Solid Maple
Handstone – Heritage Maple
Heritage Maple is an excellent choice if you are after the barn board/rustic look. (Ideal for your kitchen). It’s durable and contains natural small holes/beauty marks, so you don’t have to worry if the table suffers a little wear and tear from every day use. What we like about Heritage maple compared to what other barn boards is that there are no grooves between the boards for food to get caught in. You have the option of having the hand planed look, or having it sanded smooth. Heritage maple is also known as wormy maple.
Handstone Stain Options - Heritage Maple
Handstone – Cherry
Our Cherry begins with premium solid Black Cherry, widely considered one of the finest materials for building handcrafted furniture. The natural beauty of Black Cherry wood comes from the unique markings and colour variations present in every harvested tree. The inner core or “Heartwood” provides a high content of dark reddish-brown wood with minimal mineral deposits and white sapwood. We carefully select our Buxton Cherry with special attention to ensuring colour consistency. All stain choices are formulated to specifically highlight the beauty of this prized hardwood. It’s important to note that solid Cherry will darken further over time to develop a deep, rich patina. “Mineral Deposits” (small black flecks present in the grain), are the result of tiny amounts of sap that were stored in the tree as it grew. These marks do not diminish the strength or quality of the wood, but further add to its’ uniqueness.
Handstone Stain Options - Cherry
Handstone – Oak
The Oak tree has long been revered as a symbol of strength and beauty – hence the saying “From a Tiny Acorn…the Mighty Oak Tree Grows”. Oak has been used for centuries in the production of fine handcrafted home furnishings. Commonly selected for its’ unique coarse-grained texture and excellent durability, we specifically use “Red Oak”. Prized for its’ pale brown reddish tinge colour, our many finish choices were created to highlight this natural colour and further enhance the beauty of the grain formations. Oak is an ideal hardwood for all styling – traditional, transitional and contemporary.