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Wood Species

Posted By Dan Caouette

We build kayaks and canoes with wooden cores.  Below are some of the various species of hard and soft wood lumber and plywood that we use in boat building. Click on each species for more information (they will take you to old pages on our sister site).

Soft Woods

Cedar, Western Red
Cedar, Western Red
Cedar, Northern White
Cedar, Northern White
Pine, White
Pine, White

Hard Woods

 

Ash, White
Ash, White
Black Cherry
Black Cherry
Maple, Figured
Maple, Figured
Walnut, Black
Walnut, Black
Butternut
Butternut

The true beauty of wood is only revealed in the final finishing stage when the epoxy and urethanes are applied. There can be wide color and figure variations amongst similar trees, even from the same forest. Our woodworkers often spend hours sorting through stacks of wood to find the most interesting boards.

Grain – the stripes in the wood created by growth rings which may be tight, indicating slow growth, widely spaced, indicating quick growth, or any variation in between. Different woods have distinct grain patterns that help identify them.

Figure – the pattern in the wood that gives it a unique appearance that may be wavy, tiger striped, curly, flaming, or many other variations.

Burl – an unusual growth on a tree that may be caused by a virus or bacteria, often resulting in a highly figured piece of wood.

Clear Stream Custom Water Craft encourages the use of woods from sustainable yield resources. It is our intent for all the wood used to be native from North America, from local sources if possible. No lumber from virgin old-growth forests are exploited. Softwoods such as white pine and northern white cedar are used. Hardwoods in stock include ash, oak, maple, black cherry and black walnut. All tropical hardwoods, such as Honduras mahogany and Spanish cedar, come from certified plantations. No rain forest woods are utilized. Every project includes at least one piece of wood harvested from the family property.If you would like detailed information on specific woods used in any of our items, please contact us.

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