Wood is a natural material, and as such, every piece has its own individuality. Choosing a timber species for your item must be done with the understanding that what you see in a photograph or in a physical sample is a representation only. You can see that certain species are darker, or redder, or have more grain variation, or a greater range of colours in the same piece, and so on, but even knowing this you must be aware that every tree is different, and even within the one tree, there is very often a wide range of variations.
This is the appeal of natural timber. The timber you choose will offer you its own individualised character, adding to the uniqueness of your finished furniture piece. Knots, veins, borer holes and tracks, and changing grain directions should not be seen as defects, but as natural beauty, to be considered features, not blemishes. This is particularly true of Australian timbers.
Below you will find some photos to use as a guide to help you choose a timber for your piece. You can also see some timber samples at the Kestrel Concepts workshop. If you have a particular timber species in mind not listed here, let us know and we will see if we can source it for you.
Also, it is important to know that some timber species are not always available, or may take some time to order, as well as timber prices fluctuating. Sometimes you may have to choose a timber species that is similar to your first choice if this situation arises.