About wood

We use a variety of different wood species depending on the natural characteristics of the timber – we have something to suit each customer’s personal preference. Some species are very durable, while others have a finer grain and can be machined more accurately. Some are decorative in appearance, and others can be plain.

We’ll be delighted to explain more and help you choose the best type of wood for your joinery. We season all our wood correctly – though do remember it’s a natural product, so there will always be some variation.

Here are the different wood species you can choose from.

Wood species available
for your joinery

Ash American white

Ash, American white

Creamy white to light brown with a pronounced grain, similar to oak. Used for interior joinery, shopfitting and furniture.

European oak

European oak

Light tan to biscuit coloured, and usually straight grained. A very durable hardwood which is suitable for interior and exterior joinery, shopfitting and furniture.

Pine redwood

Pine / redwood

Pale, reddish brown wood. The best grades are used for furniture, joinery and turning. Requires preservative and a protective coating if used externally.

Cherry American

Cherry, American

Rich red to reddish brown, the fine, straight, close grain has narrow brown pith flecks and small gum pockets. Suitable for furniture, cabinetmaking and high-class joinery.



Mid to dark red in colour, utile is suitable for interior and exterior joinery.

Black walnut American

Black walnut, American

Rich dark brown to purplish black, suitable for high quality interior joinery and furniture.

Learn more about wood and joinery

Why wood

Discover the key benefits of wood over other materials.

Hardwood versus softwood

Find out whether hardwood or softwood will be right for your project.


Learn about preserving timber to prevent rot and damage.

Joinery maintenance

Learn how to maintain and look after joinery.


See the quality finishes available for your joinery.


Find out about the sustainability of wood and the specific products we use.

Contact us

Contact us – we can answer all your questions and will be happy to book a free, no obligation consultation.
Call 01273 814870 or email enquiries@parsonsjoinery.com.