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There are many different types of wood that can be used for furniture or cabinets. Some of the choices are described:


  • White Oak: Medium in color with a striking grain pattern

  • Red Oak: A hint of red to the color; works well with a clear finish

  • Walnut: Dark in color but will lighten with age; grain pattern is tight

  • Cherry: A similar grain pattern to walnut but with small knots

  • Hedge or Osage Orange: Yellow when new but turns dark similar to walnut when it ages; very durable hard wood

  • Poplar: A wood with a green hue that can be stained many colors; great for carvings

  • Maple: There are hard, soft and red maple—all with varied grain patterns

  • Elm: Striking grain patterns similar to oak; it stains nicely

  • Birch: A beautiful, light colored wood; straight grain with even texture

  • Cottonwood: Also light in color; great for staining

  • Hickory: Has both dark and light variations in the wood; dark knots run through the grain pattern

  • Cedar: A red colored wood with yellow-cream highlights

  • Pine: A soft, light colored wood with dark colored knots; stains nicely

  • Yellow Pine: Has a distinctive grain pattern, amber color when clear finished.


Distressed or reclaimed wood is also available. The Wood Artists reuse wood from old homes or barns to recreate this popular look. Not only does distressed wood look beautiful, but they are saving the environment by reusing this natural resource.


Exotic or specialty woods can be ordered. Ask about your favorite!

About the Wood

Wanting to be in control of all aspects of the building process, Rick purchased a sawmill to mill trees that he specifically hand picks from his 100-acre farm in central Illinois. In addition to elm and oak that grow on his property, Rick has access to all types of hard, soft and specialty woods.


After a tree is milled, it is dried for approximately six months before it is ready to use. Rick has a warehouse full of various dried wood waiting to be used for beautiful furniture.


When a piece is commissioned, the brothers will sketch what the piece will look like and obtain the dimensions from the client. If several pieces of furniture are desired, they can travel on location to visually look at the space to ensure the fit of the items.


The client is kept up-to-date on the progress of the piece during the production process via photos or video sent through e-mail.

About the Process

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