I use only the most select grades of kiln-dried hardwoods sustainably harvested in North America and Asia. These hardwoods have been used for many centuries for the creation of treen, an old English word meaning "of a tree" and referring to kitchenware, tableware and utensils made from wood. We hand select quality lumber that's expertly color and figure matched for each item and no toxic stains are used. Each item is then hand sanded silky smooth followed by the application of food safe finishes best suited for the specific item. See below for a few words about each of these woods with the scans in the same order.
Black Walnut. Perhaps the finest and darkest wood in North America, ours comes from top suppliers in Michigan which get their Black Walnut lumber from areas that produce the finest grades of this wood. A popular choice for my cutting boards and serving trays. End-grain cutting boards look great in Walnut too.
White Hard Maple. My Hard Maple comes mostly from forests in upper Michigan and Ontario, both regions noted for producing the finest, whitest Hard Maple in North America. A very dense and fine textured wood for cutting boards and furniture.
Burmese Teak. I'll make special Teak serving trays or utensils on occasion. Burmese teak comes from old growth trees and I select the finest for these special items. It's long been prized for beautiful color and figure as well as for its durability and natural water resistance.
American Grey Elm. This is the latest addition to my wood choices for trays. Elm has wonderful figure and color, is fairly hard like Walnut and has a nice weight and feel, which makes for a very handsome tray.