Wood for Carving

Wood carving lumber can generally be split into three different categories - the ones most common. These are Soft Woods, Hard Woods, and Intermediate Woods. Each type has its advantages and can be applied to different carving applications.

Where to Buy Wood for Carving

Knowledge is power and being in the know about what shop lumber to buy is the key. Use the lumber here to guide you into your next wood carving masterpiece. Premium selections can be found here.
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Basswood Carving Blank Assortment, 20 lbs.

A carver’s delight! This lightweight, soft hardwood cuts easily and cleanly with and against the grain. It is preferred by master carvers and perfect for beginners! Take advantage of this great value
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Hardwood Lumber - Red Oak

The quintessential American hardwood, Red Oak has a classic look and excellent strength properties. Its broad heartwood ranges from a pinkish tone to light reddish-brown.
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Curly Maple Lumber

This curly soft maple is highly figured with tiger-striped rays running perpendicular to the grain pattern. Along with the wood's light color, this striping lends a shimmering quality to the lumber. Even unfinished, the wood has a very pleasing interaction with light. It is no surprise, then, that curly maple has become a woodworker's favorite for accents, specialty furniture, musical instruments, and more. 3/4' Thick.
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Walnut by the Piece

With its gorgeous chocolate tone and easy workability, it’s easy to see why Black Walnut is often regarded as the classic American cabinet wood. The heartwood varies from light grayish-brown to deep chocolate brown, occasionally approaching an almost black or purplish-brown. The grain is slightly open and usually straight, but is famous for its sometimes stunning figure. All boards are machined S4S to 1/8", 1/4", 1/2" and 3/4" thicknesses. Thin boards are well-suited for edging, veneering, marquetry, sides for decorative boxes, bending stock and bent laminations. Thicker boards are ideal for furniture, paneling, cabinet doors, moldings, drawer sides, fine jewelry boxes and whatever else your imagination can dream up!
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Cherry Wood Lumber

A long time favorite for its rich color and excellent workability, Cherry continues to gain popularity for use in fine furniture and cabinets. The wood leaves the sawmill with a pinkish, rosy tone, and continues to darken over years to a deep, lustrous red. The narrow sapwood has a creamy color, similar to Hard Maple. Cherry is easily worked with hand tools and takes an excellent finish and polish
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10 Sq ft Dimensional Lumber Veneer - No Backing

Save time and money! When you buy this veneer, there is no waste because it has straight, parallel edges and no defects. Choose from 5'' to 9'' widths. 36" and 48" lengths - 10 sq feet per bundle. Available in Birch, Cherry, Maple, Mahogany, Red Oak, Walnut, and White Oak.
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Spanish Cedar - Great for Cigar Boxes

Spanish Cedar is a lightweight, easily worked relative of Mahogany. Most widely known for its use in cigar boxes, it holds in moisture to create a natural humidor, and imparts its pleasant aroma to cigars.
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African Mahogany Choice Selections

African Mahogany is strong, yet light, and works beautifully with hand tools. The color matures from a salmon tone when freshly cut, into a rich red or brown with age. The grain varies from straight to curly, sometimes producing highly attractive figures. Flat-sawn boards feature wavy horizontal bands.
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Exotic Woods - Zebrawood Pieces

The distinctive striped appearance of Zebrawood has made it a favorite for decorative inlays and veneers. The color ranges from golden-yellow to a peanut butter tone with chocolate veins running through it. The wood is hard, dense and extremely tough.
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