For all our wood furniture, we work with artisans to source the best options for your home. Each piece features a carefully selected wood type that's made to last, from our best-selling solid walnut to versatile maple. See our breakdown of wood types below, along with sustainability information and tips for how to care and prolong the life of your wood furniture.
Solid American Walnut
American Walnut is one of the scarcest and most coveted native hardwoods, making it in a class by itself. The wood is heavy, hard, and strong, with a high shock resistance. Over the years, natural walnut wood develops a lustrous patina. Walnut carves well and holds a good shape for a number of years. This makes it an excellent choice for ornate furniture that requires intricate woodworking, such as a mantelpiece or headboard. Walnut furniture can easily last a lifetime with the proper care and maintenance.
Ash is a heavy hardwood with a grain similar to oak; it's a dense, tough, and very strong yet elastic wood. Ash is used extensively for making bows, tool handles, baseball bats, and other uses demanding high strength and resilience. This means it's an ideal option for pieces that get a lot of use, like coffee tables and side tables. Woodworkers generally like this timber type for its great finishing and machining qualities.
Durable Cherry Wood
Cherry wood is moderately heavy and strong. Cherry wood features a beautiful finish, achieved by machining and sanding to glass-like smoothness. The heartwood in cherry is red in color, and the sapwood is light pink. The wood has a fine, straight grain with a uniform satin texture. It naturally may contain brown pith flecks and small gum pockets, adding subtle character and beautiful color variation to any piece.
Hard maple is durable and admired for its lighter color and fine grain. Its beauty and strength makes it a favorite for furniture, flooring, and cabinetry. Soft maple is not as strong as hard maple, but it has a similar grain and figure. It has good machining properties, turning and planing quite well.
The sapwood in soft maple is considerably wider than hard maple and has a lighter heartwood color. Soft maple is used for furniture, kitchen cabinets, doors, musical instruments, turnings and millwork. Its lower price, light maple hue, and flexibility for machinery make it a popular substitute for hard maple.
We partner with an award-winning wood shop in the Appalachian mountains, where they take pride in being sustainable, environmentally conscious, and waste efficient. We source the highest-grade ash, cherry, and maple in the world to create solid, long-lasting products. Most of the wood is sourced from within 350 miles of their location in West Virginia.
The U.S. Forest Service reports that the volume of hardwoods today in American forests is 131-percent greater than it was in 1953—because more than twice as much hardwood grows each year than is harvested. That's sustainability in a nutshell. We choose hardwoods because they are an abundant, renewing, and sustainable resource.
With hardwood, the manufacturing process is minimal, requiring running a saw blade and then kiln drying. In comparison, steel and concrete manufacturing processes consist of numerous steps that are extremely energy intensive.
Another benefit of wood for manufacturing furniture is the usability of wood waste. Advanced technology and manufacturing assures the least waste and efficient use of wood by-products. For example, tree bark becomes mulch and soil conditioners, sawdust is used for animal bedding or as fuel for boilers to operate dry kilns, and trimmings can be used for wood components and paper. No other material can compare.
Wood Furniture Care
While all pieces benefit from regular dusting, it is best to avoid most commercial cleaners as they can sometimes leave residue on pieces with a lacquer finish or damage wax and oil finishes. Only use all-natural wood tonics or paste waxes for the best results.
Excessive wear and tear, together with changes in temperature and humidity, can cause expensive walnut and other hardwood furniture to deteriorate over time.
1. Take care not to scratch your furniture. Walnut dining room tables and other pieces, such as sideboards, coffee tables, and side tables are vulnerable. Use tablecloths, place mats, and coasters to protect the flat surfaces wherever possible.
2. Dust with care. Use a microfiber tack cloth when dry dusting or dampen a soft cloth with a dusting product to avoid microscopic dry scratches. Lift vases, centerpieces, picture frames, and ornaments off the surface instead of pushing them aside while dusting or polishing.
3. Wipe spills off immediately to prevent milky stains forming. Do not place hot cups, pots, or serving dishes directly onto wooden surfaces; they can discolor lacquer or resin-based finishes and cause waxes to melt.
4. Remove milky water marks as soon as possible. Try rubbing shallow spots off with a soft cloth, or wear rubber gloves and immerse a piece of cheesecloth in very hot water. Ring it out and make a pad. Then, dampen the surface with a few drops of household ammonia. Rub briskly and lightly until the marks disappear. Finish immediately by applying a generous amount of linseed oil. Buff the surface with a dry soft cloth until the oil disappears.
5. Protect most finishes by applying furniture wax or silicone-based polish to the surface twice a year. Don't wax pieces finished with a polyurethane varnish, as this could cause unsightly wax buildup. If you have any oiled pieces, apply a thin film of linseed oil once a year and rub it into the wood until the oily feel disappears.
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