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Essential woods

WOOD - Nature's gift

"Time spent amongst trees is never time wasted." - Katrina Mayer

We deeply respect Nature which is our inspiration and motivation. Due to the attractive appearance and durability, we often make use of exotic woods. The most commonly used woods in our workshop are: wenge, zebrawood (zebrano), padouk and walnut. We call them Wood Stock Essential Woods. Each of them has its own specifics. Which of them is your favourit one? 

Walnut tree
Walnut tree
Trunk in cross section
Trunk in cross section
Wood structure
Wood structure
Sunglasses made of walnut wood
Sunglasses made of walnut wood

WALNUT

Walnut is a tree originates from Europe and Central Asia. It grows on fertile soil, in areas that provide enough moisture and direct sunlight. Its fruits have a high nutrition value with beneficial impact on human health. Walnut trees are also cultivated due to his high-quality wood.


It is a wood which never gets out of style! Its colour varies from light to dark brown surprising us occasionally with interesting purple shades.


Did you know that walnut ...

... has very deep and strong roots. Producing specific chemicals it prevent the growth of other plants in the close proximity of the tree.

... shell becomes brown, thus allowing the preservation of seeds freshness and tastefulness. In fact the seed has high amounts of oil and when exposed to oxygen it becomes rancid.

... tree can survive from 50 to 250 years.

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PADOUK

Padouk is a tropical tree with his origins in central and tropical Africa, from Nigeria to Congo and Angola. The wook is so special and different, and never, ever dull. It stimulates our imagination and inspiration. Young wood comes in bright light red tones with a shade of orange. It matures months and years getting darker and darker until  becoming burgundy red. Padouk is a kind of wood with a character, invigourating its master, and being noticed very easily.


Did you knot that padouk ...

... has edible leaves, eaten as leaf vegetable and contains large amount of vitamin C.

... besides its estetics, the wood has tonal attributes and durability. Therefore, is also favoured for its use in stringed instruments (guitars).

... was the wood of kings. King Solomon, governing the Israelites during the 10th century B.C., chose stalwart padauk for the pillars of his temple. In the 17th-century the French Kings Louis XV and Louis XVI favored a red-orange padauk. The royal woodworkers crafted kingly cups and chalices and royalty believed the "potion" had medicinal properties, because water placed in these vessels turned yellow.

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Padouk tree
Padouk tree
Trunk in cross section
Trunk in cross section
Wood structure
Wood structure
Sunglasses made of padouk wood
Sunglasses made of padouk wood
Wenge tree
Wenge tree
Trunk in cross section
Trunk in cross section
Wood structure
Wood structure
Sunglasses made of wenge wood
Sunglasses made of wenge wood

WENGE

Wenge tree comes from Zaire and other small countries of West Africa. It reaches almost 30 meters in high. Its wood has intertwined dark brown almost black shades in combination with a quail striped design draw our attention immediately. This exotic wood is an excellent choice due to his dramatic and intense appearance .
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ZEBRAWOOD

It is a large tree native to Central America and Central Africa. The wood has dark straight lines stepping out from a bright basis. The name derives from the decorative zebra pattern, different from any other wood. Due to its contrast of bright and dark colours it matches various colour combinations and stylings.


Did you know that ...

... in the past zebrawood was used in Mercedes-Benz and Cadillac automobiles.

... because of its hardness, it can also be used for skis and tool handles.

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Zebrawood tree
Zebrawood tree
Trunk in cross section
Trunk in cross section
Wood structure
Wood structure
Sunglasses made of zebrawood
Sunglasses made of zebrawood