KOA (Acacia koa): Koa trees are endemic to Hawaii Island and our most prized wood.
Once used by ancient Hawaiians to build canoes, spears and surfboards,
koa is now prized by woodworkers to create bowls, ukuleles and furniture.
Koa is protected by our government and what is now sold for wood is from trees that have naturally fallen down or are ready to fall.
Hues vary from golden yellow, red to chocolate brown with wavy lines and swirls and from light to dark.
MANGO (Mangifera spp): Known mainly for its delicious fruit, this light golden blond colored wood has distinct multi-colored designs.
Growers cut the trees down only after they cease to produce fruit.
SUGI PINE (Cryptomeria japonica): Also known as Japanese Cedar, the sugi pine is the national tree of Japan
Their original designs, colors and scent make this type of wood truly unique.
EAST INDIAN ROSEWOOD (Dalbergia latifolia) is distinguished by its purple-brownish color with distinguished grains.
This wood is no longer being imported into the United States.
MILO (Thespesia popuinea) also known as Portia, is prized for its beautiful reddish-brown color.