A Texas staple. All oak species are strong, hard, heavy and dense with very close grain and, due to their high tannin content, they are very resistant to insect and fungal infestations. Oak is commonly used for furniture, joinery, flooring, panelling, decking and veneers. Depending on the type oaks vary from a deep tan with dark swirled grains to light pinks and reds with a consistent and defined, tight grain. Super heavy, durable and dense.
Pecan is cool wood. Traditional uses for pecan range from furniture, cabinetry, and flooring to tool handles, ladder rungs and dowels. It is a favorite for sporting goods because it is very hard but only moderately heavy, tough yet resilient. In ranges from deep purples and reds, to light tan and brown waves depending on the life of the tree.
Not to be confused with Juniper. Cedar has natural weather-resistant properties that make it a good choice for siding, shingles, decking, greenhouses, arbors and fences. It’s considered to be a “durable” wood that can withstand exposure to the elements. Cedar is not native to central Texas, but we salvage some Deodor and other varieties when they fail in a landscape.
The sycamore is one of the hardiest and most prolific of the naturalized trees, rarely affected by disease and tolerant of a wide range of soil types and conditions. Sycamore is traditionally used in the production of furniture, furniture parts, joinery paneling and mouldings. It can even be used for kitchenware and cutting boards. Light tone, pinkish at times, with even, dense grain.
The un-official Tree of Texas. Literally, every part of a mesquite is useful. The wood is used for smoking and also to make furniture and tool handles, but the bean pods, blossoms, leaves, sap and even the roots of the tree all have food or medicinal uses. It has a deep reddish color, is super dense and heavy. It is used for furniture, flooring, furniture and more. Large specimens are becoming harder to come by.