Wood Species

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Hardwood species most commonly used for my wooden kitchen utensils:

Ash – The sapwood is light-colored to nearly white and the heartwood varies from greyish or light brown to pale yellow streaked with brown.

Birch – Heartwood trends to be a light reddish-brown, with nearly white sapwood.

Black Walnut – The sapwood is creamy white, while the heartwood is light brown to dark chocolate-brown, occasionally with a purplish cast and darker streaks. The wood develops a rich patina that grows more lustrous with age. black walnut multi tool 2 Letter Opener Black Walnut Black Walnut Pizza Cutter Slicer Server

Cherry – The heartwood varies from rich red to reddish-brown and will darken with age and on exposure to light. In contrast the sapwood is creamy white.

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Both Cherry - Top of Knife sap wood bottom heart wood
Both Cherry – Top of Knife sap wood bottom heart wood


Maple – The sapwood is creamy white with a slight reddish-brown tinge and the heartwood varies from light to dark reddish-brown. Both sapwood and heartwood can contain pith fleck.

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Hickory – The sapwood is white, tinged with inconspicuous fine brown lines while the heartwood is pale to reddish-brown.

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