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Wood Species


Below are sample wood species that we commonly use for making chess boards at Custom-Wood-Creations.net.  If there is a specific wood you are interested in, please contact us for a custom a quote.

Every piece of wood has it's own individual personality. The grain pattern and color can sometimes vary greatly from one piece to the next. 



Bocote is native to Central and South America. Hard, heavy and strong, with a distinctive grain that is flowered to striped.  It has extremely high figure.


Bolivian Rosewood

Straight to irregular grain and fine to coarse texture. Heartwood is light to medium brown or purple with dark growth lines.

Birdseye Maple

This Maple has a distinctive pattern that resembles tiny, swirling eyes disrupting the smooth lines of grain



This wood is a wavy figured wood, and have mult-shaded, interlocking bands of colour in various shades of red with distinct purple overtones.


This rosewood species has a reddish-brown color with somewhat wavy, lively grain. It is a high density hardwood and comes from various South American countries.

Curly Maple

Curly maple, also know as tiger maple, is a figured wood. The grain of the wood grows in a distinctive wavy pattern of dark and light grain.The light squares, corner and frame stripe in the photos below are Curley Maple

Ebony (Gaboon)

One of this is one of the most exotic and highly sought after wood. The color is almost jet black with just a faint (sometimes invisible) trace of dark brown grain lines. It is also one of the highest density hardwoods in the world and it mills and polishes superbly. The chess board below shows the black delimiter line made from Gaboon Ebony.


This is a very tight grained hardwood that is almost pure white in its raw form.


Color is pink to reddish brown, and is highly figured with a distinct small lacelike pattern. Grain is straight with a fine to medium texture.

Maple Burl

This is a light color wood with light to moderate grain definition. Burls are growths on a tree often caused by disease, fungus, insects, or injury. They are usually attached to the side or base of a tree and are visually evident. Only the burl itself and the wood immediately adjacent to it will have abnormal grain, the rest of the tree is unaffected. The lighter pieces of wood in the chess board below are made from Maple Burl


A high density hardwood that is orange-red in color. This wood comes from South America.The red colored wood in the these chess boards is Padauk


This interesting high density hardwood is is a grey-brown color when first cut, but turns to a bright purple when left to sit for day or two.

Quilted Maple

This beautiful wood is a type of maple in which the growth of the wood fibers is distorted, producing a beautiful wavy "quilted" look, often similar to ripples on water. This type of distortion is referred to as "figure" in the wood, and is not a distortion of the wood.

Walnut Burl

Highly prized by woodworkers and commonly made into veneer, walnut burl is the same type of growth or excursion that maple burl is. It is often used as dashboard accents in expensive luxury and sports cars.


This is a high density hardwood that is mainly black in color with dark brown grain lines. It has course grain and open pores. It is a fantastic wood for many projects and grows in Africa. The dark wood in the squares and frame of these chess boards are made from Wenge