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Wenge wood from central Africa is one of the premier exotic dark wood types that is available on the market today. After excessive exploitation from the global market, wenge wood is today harder and harder to come by.
Cocobolo is a high-quality hardwood whose orange or reddish-brown heartwood is praised all around the world for its great visual appeal and irregular trace lines that make objects made from this material to look premium and expensive. Because of its weight and excellent properties, it is rarely used in furniture and can instead be found in musical instruments, art, and custom premium objects.
Sapele is a hardwood from tropical Africa that successfully emulates the characteristics that have made Mahogany so popular. Rich heartwood colored in golden and dark reddish brown is perfect for use in creating expensive furniture, musical and specialty objects. Same as mahogany, exploitation of Sapele forests are regulated by several countries across Africa. With diminishing supply of genuine mahogany, woodworkers from around the world have turned their attention to sapele.
Basswood (Tilia or Lime tree) is a famous and widespread tree originating from North America and Europe. Since its wood structure is so soft and the grain and texture are consistent and fine, basswood has become a wood of choice for woodworkers who are interested in carving and sculpting.