Sustainable Timber

At Woodwrights, we believe in using only sustainable hardwoods, including American Ash, American White Oak, New Zealand Heart Rimu and Southland Maple Beech for the construction of our New Zealand Made Furniture. We are committed to minimalising the environmental footprint, and therefore only use timber harvested from sustainably managed forests. This results in solid wood furniture which is durable and hard wearing, lasting to delight generations. From oak dining tables to bespoke furniture pieces, every piece is hand crafted by our skilled furniture makers here in New Zealand using premium quality craftsmanship methods.

American Ash

This lovely, figurative, American Hardwood is grown in the Appalachian Mountains on the East Coast of the United States. It is a ring porous hardwood and is fairly hard, heavy and very tough. It features a light coloured, nearly white sapwood and is part of the olive tree family. Through careful forest management, the United States is growing more hardwood each year than it harvests, assuring reliable, long term supplies of the finest hardwoods in the world. We have personally visited sawmills on the East Coast of the United States to carefully select our timber supply. At this time we also gathered valuable knowledge and expertise to successfully manufacture our outstanding hardwood furniture. Only A Grade timber is selected which we then handcraft in to lovely nz made furniture pieces. This sustainable timber accounts for around 50% of our production, due to its character of appearance and value for money.

American Oak

American Oak grows broadly across the eastern half of the United States. It is a ring porous species with a characteristic strong grain and rays. American Oak is known to be particularly durable due to its density, making it a great option for long lasting oak furniture such as oak dining tables and oak coffee tables. Only the highest quality American Oak is selected to be used in the handcrafting of our solid wood furniture. This accounts for around 20% of production, as a result of its aesthetic grain and durability.

American Maple

American Maple is the trade name for three trees of the Acer family. They grow widely throughout the eastern USA. Maple is very similar to hard maple and is generally consistent in colour.

American Maple is very similar in appearance to the American Hard Maple, with a greyish white sapwood and light to dark reddish brown heartwood. However, due to the widespread growth of American Maple, colouring can vary between regions. The wood is generally straight-grained although a highly figured wormy variety can occur that is not considered a defect.