Hardwoods

Banks Hardwoods specializes in providing the finest hardwoods to discerning customers throughout North America. Beyond traditional domestic species, we supply a wide variety of import woods provided by suppliers from around the world with whom we have developed the relationships and standards for consistent, high-quality hardwoods.

If you're in need multiple species or limited footage, mixed and partial loads are no problem. In fact, nearly 75% of our outbound shipments are mixed or partial loads. The samples you see here are only a partial listing of what we offer. Please contact your sales representative to request additional information on these or other species.

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Ash

Fraxinus americana

The color of ash is somewhat lustrous; cream to very light brown heartwood with lighter colored sapwood. Ash has a straight moderately open grain.

Beech, European

Fagus sylvatica

Europe • The natural color varies from almost white to red brown, with little difference between sapwood and heartwood. The timber is straight grained with a fine even texture, and easily machines and sands to an excellent finish.

Birch

Betula alleghaniensi

The color of Birch is cream or light brown tinged with red, with thin, nearly white sapwood. Birch is straight grained and fine textured.

Cedar, Spanish

Cedrela odorata

South America • The heartwood is light red-brown in color with a pungent cedar odor. Texture is medium to fine.

Cherry

Prunus serotina

The color of cherry is light reddish-brown in the heartwood and the sapwood is nearly white. The heartwood color will darken with age and on exposure to light. Cherry is usually straight-grained; satiny, with some figured. Small gum pockets are normal markings.

Cumaru (South American Chestnut)

Dipteryx sp

South America • Fresh heartwood is reddish or purplish brown with streaks; upon exposure gradually becomes uniform light or yellowish brown. Texture is fine and appears oily.

Hard Maple

acer saccharum

Banks Hardwoods White Hard Maple is distinguished by its whiteness and superior uniformity of color. Our grading of maple exceeds all industry standards. Hard Maple is usually straight-grained; sometimes found highly figured with curly, fiddleback, birds eye or burl grain, scattered over entire tree or in irregular stripes and patches.

Hickory

Carya spp.

Hickory is generally straight grained and coarse textured. It is known for its appealing appearance. Strong, bold grain patterns show through colors ranging from bright white to rich, deep red/brown. The brown to reddish brown is heartwood and the white, is nearly white sapwood.

Ipe

Tabebuia serratifolia

South America • Heartwood is olive brown to black and usually features striping. The sapwood is much lighter, usually white or yellow. The material is fine textured and appears oily; fine ripple marks may be present.

Jatoba (Brazilian Cherry)

Hymenaea courbaril

Mahogany, African

Khaya ivorensis

Tropical West, Central & East Africa • Heartwood varies from light to deep reddish brown. Grain straight to interlocked. Moderately course texture to medium.

Padauk, African

Pterocarpus soyauxii

Africa • The heartwood is a vivid blood red toning down to dark purple brown with red streaks upon exposure. Moderately coarse texture.

Poplar

Liriodendron tulipifera

The sapwood of yellow poplar ranges from light yellow to white, the heartwood varies with color ranging from tan to light brown and even greenish brown. Poplar has an even grain pattern.

Red Grandis (eucalyptus grandis)

Uruguay, South America • This plantation-grown hardwood tree is a FSC-certified substitute for Genuine Mahogany. It is straight grained with a consistent medium pink color.

Red Oak, Northern

Quercus rubra

The color of Red Oak varies to the region in which the tree has grown. Banks prides itself with high quality Red Oak from the Northern Region. Red Oak is straight grained with a course textures and prominent rays. Its color is reddish tan heartwood and narrow, almost white sapwood.

Rustic Cherry

Prunus serotina

Rustic Cherry is pulled from Michigan and Pennsylvania for it’s character. It will yield no less than #1Com with sound cuttings (unlike clear-face cuttings in the standard grading rules). The sound characters will include gum streaks, sound knots, excessive pin knots, and pin knot clusters. Color will include a full rage of colors inherent to Cherry. The color will be a minimum of 60% heartwood in varying shades of red on the sound character face with the reverse side up to 100% sapwood.

Rustic Hard Maple

Acer saccharum

Rustic Hard Maple is pulled for it’s character. It will yield no less than a #1Com with sound cuttings (unlike clear-face cuttings in the standard grading rules). The sound characters will include sound knots and pin knots. The color will include a full range of color inherent in Hard Maple. It will also include mineral streaks and spots.

Rustic Hickory

Carya spp.

Rustic Hickory is pulled for it’s character. It will yield no less than a #1Com with sound cuttings (unlike clear-face cuttings in the standard grading rules). The sound characters will include bird pecks, sound knots, and pin knots. The color will include a full range of color inherent in Hickory. Runs 80% to 100% heartwood on the sound character face with heavy streaking from bird pecks.

Rustic Red Oak

Quercus rubra

Rustic Red Oak is pulled for it’s character. It will yield no less than #1Com with sound cuttings (unlike clear-face cuttings in the standard grading rules). The sound characters will include sound knots (1/2” in average diameter or less), and excessive pin knots. It can also include some pieces with heavy worm holes in addition to these sound characters. The color will include a full range of color inherent in Red Oak and including some mineral streaks.

Sapele

Entandrophragma cylindricum

Africa • The heartwood has a medium to dark reddish color, characterized by a well-defined ribbon striped figure on quartered surfaces. Texture is fairly fine.

Soft Maple, Red Leaf

Acer rubrum

Soft Maple has the same general characteristics as Hard Maple, but nearly as hard or strong. Red Leaf Soft Maple is close grained and resembles sugar maple, but is softer in texture, not as heavy, lacks the figure, and has somewhat poorer machining qualities.

Walnut

Juglans nigra

The color of the heartwood of Black Walnut ranges from light brown to chocolate brown – sometimes with purplish overtones; the sapwood is light brown, and often steam treated in order to reduce the contrast.

White Oak

Quercus alba

White Oak, like Red Oak grows broadly across the eastern half of the United States. Although in smaller quantities than Red Oak, White Oak is a ring porous species with a characteristic strong grain and rays that are more pronounced and longer than those in Red Oaks. The heartwood is light to medium tan; the sapwood is creamy-white.