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Goncalo Alves is commonly called tigerwood which underscores the wood's often
dramatic, contrasting color scheme. Color ranges from light to orangish/reddish
brown to deep mahogany red-brown with a striking figure in some pieces created
by beautiful, bold, brown to nearly black irregular markings or striping.
This fine hardwood, varying from straight to interlocked and wavy grain with
a fine to medium texture and uniform and is very strong and durable. Well-known
in the U.S. in spite of its high density, it turns readily, carves well. The
wood has a natural luster. It can be finished very easily and polishes very
well due to the fine texture. The right piece can be very dramatic.
Imported from Central and Latin America; Brazil is a major exporter of the
wood, but it also comes from Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Columbia, Costa rica,
Ecuador, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay,
However, the wood is not imported for its strength, but goncalo alves is usually
prized for its beauty: one of the reasons we use it in our pepper mills and
salt mills. The unique characteristics of this wood add a distinctive decorative
element to our Exotic Woods Pepper Mills.
Renowned for its rich medley of colors, ranging from pink to red. Found in the
northwest region of the United States, this heavy wood has a fine, smooth, and
Well-suited for many applications, including turned work, bowls, novelties
and souvenirs, Madrone is also very popular for inlay work. The burl of the
tree, which is often used for furniture work and marquetry, is reported to be
scarce and very expensive.
Madrone is often used in the construction of high-end wood products and adds
rich red hues to our Exotic Wood Pepper Mills.
Also called Rock Maple, Hard Maple grows throughout the United States, east
of the Rocky Mountains, with the exception of Florida, South Carolina, and Delaware.
It is most prominent in the New England states, Great Lakes region, and Canadian
Great Lakes provinces.
This domestic hardwood ranges in color from reddish-brown to light tan, and
takes stains and polishes well. With a fine, uniform
texture and close grain, Hard Maple is a very strong wood. Due to its
strength and stiffness, it ranks as one of the more valuable hardwoods.
Hard Maple is suitable for pepper mills and pepper grinders because it is also
excellent for turning. Hard Maple brings a long-standing
American tradition of durability to our Exotic Woods Pepper Mills.
An eye-catching wood from Africa, Padauk boasts an intriguing color that varies
from a rich crimson or brick red, to reddish-purple streaks, to bright-orange.
It darkens over time to a deep reddish-brown.
This very dense exotic wood polishes to an excellent finish. Padauk is used
for wood turning, wood carving and flooring, among many other applications and
some on some of the finest wood products.
Padauk adds vibrant color to our Exotic Woods Pepper Mills.
Originating from the tropical regions of Central America and South America,
Purpleheart ranges in color from purple to almost dark brown.
This exotic wood is generally straight-grained, sometimes interlocked, with
a fine, even texture. Among its advantages are a substantial hardness and strength.
Purpleheart polishes well with no staining required.
With very diverse applications, the wood is a beneficial addition to your
As its name indicates, Purpleheart adds unusual purple hues, creating a striking
contrast to other woods in our Exotic Woods Pepper Mills.