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Hardwood Options For Your Custom Newel Posts

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We offer 6 distinct hardwood species 

Paint Grade Maple:

A hard white maple with non-uniform color and fine texture. It is a durable hardwood  that finishes very smoothly. This is an excellent option when finished with opaque painting.

Hard White Maple:

A durable hardwood with a fine and uniform texture that finishes very smoothly. Its natural color varies from nearly white to light tan.

Red Oak: 

A durable hardwood with a coarse textured grain which gives great natural character. Its natural color varies from yellow, to pale brown, often with a light reddish tinge. It accepts stain consistently and the grain texture is visible even under very dark stain colors.

American Cherry:

A dense hardwood with a smooth even-grain. It stains beautifully but is often left in its natural state which varies from light cream to a dark reddish brown. The color can darken considerably with age.

White Oak:

Much like red oak it is a very durable wear-resistant hardwood. It has a medium-/coarse textured grain which gives it great natural character.  Its natural color varies from light tan to nearly white or light grey. 

Black Walnut:

A dense hardwood with natural color ranging from light- to deep-chocolate brown. The light color being the sapwood which is generally not used by our craftsmen in order to achieve more consistent color. This hardwood is generally finished with no stain to keep its natural color.

6 Tips for choosing a wood species

1. Hardwoods are a one-of-a-kind product

Hardwoods can bring your vision of style to life. When working with hardwood, you are choosing a one-of-a-kind product. No two cuts of wood are exactly the same, and each wood species has unique visual characteristics. 

2. Consider quality

Our hardwoods are individually inspected to ensure the highest quality wood selections are used. We source our hardwoods from across the northeastern United States. 

3. Consider durability

When working with hardwoods you are choosing products that are durable and high in density (in comparison to soft woods such as pine, hemlock, spruce, and fir).

4. Consider the other types of wood in your home

Think about what other wood species are you matching or contrasting in your home. If you are matching the cabinets or flooring then this decision is simple. If you want to contrast, choose another distinct wood species to bring into your home.

5. Consider grain patterns

Do you like unique looking wood patterns and character or are you drawn to smoother more subtle wood grain patterns? Maple and cherry have  tight closed grain while white and red oak have a more open porous grain.

6. What colors are you drawn to?

Woods such as maple or white oak give you the option of light tones while dark rich tones are achieved through black walnut. As well, all hardwoods can be stained a variety of different colors, so the style options are endless.