Timbers

The wide range of timbers used in musical instrument making reflects the enormous variety of engineering, acoustic and aesthetic demands placed upon them by makers, players and markets. In alphabetical groupings by scientific name, each species commonly used is listed here. A full list of common names of featured timbers is regularly posted at this level. Click 'Post a new topic' at any level to suggest other species. Click on a heading to see what's in the woods...
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  • All the 'A's
    Acacia, Acer, Alnus, Aniba spp - common names include Tasmanian blackwood, Koa, Maple, Alder, Preciosa.
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  • 'B's and 'C's
    Brachylaena, Brosimum, Buxus, Calycophylum, Cedrela, Chamaecyparis, Chloroxylon, Colophospermum, Cytisus...which give us muhuhu, snakewood, boxwoods, cedrela, Port Orford cedar, satinwood, mopane and broom
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  • Dalbergia spp
    D. baronii to D. spruceana - the rosewood family, currently starring Madagascan, Kingwood, tulipwood, Indian, African blackwood, Brazilian, santos, palo escrito, cocobolo, Amazon.
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  • Diospyros spp
    All the ebonies and some persimmon too
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  • 'E's to 'G's
    Herewith Eucalyptus, Euonymus, Fraxinus, Guibourtia spp otherwise known as eucalyptus, spindle, ash, amazaque, bubinga, ovangkol
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  • 'I's to 'O's
    Ilex, Juglans, Juniperus, Machaerium, Malus, Milettia, Olea spp - aka Holly, Walnut, Pencil Cedar, Morado, Pau Ferro, Apple, Wenge, Olive
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  • All the 'P's
    Picea, Prunus, Pseudotsuga, Pterocarpus, Pyrus - commonly the Spruces, Cherries, Plums, Damson, Douglas Fir, Narra, Pear
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  • 'Q's to 'U's
    Quercus, Roupala, Sequoia, Swartzia, Swietenia, Taxus, Thuja, Ulmus spp - the strong, the long, the going and gone ... Oak, Lacewood, Redwood, Coracao de Negro, Mahoganies, Yew, Western Red Cedar, Elms
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