10 Types of Wood for Carving Your Woodworking Projects

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wood carvingThere are different types of wood for carving. With so many to choose from, a carver should always be ready to try a different variety of wood, provided that it’s both seasoned and probably has little expense involved.

Although the pros in this field tend to use woods which they’ve already known to be good, amateurs who are still exploring the different varieties should experiment on smaller pieces till they get comfortable.

Here are some of the woods you can use for your projects:


Found mainly in Brazil, this type of lumber isn’t readily obtained. It has similar characteristics to the Indian Rosewood.

Although the stock sizes are usually small (just a maximum of 18 inches in diameter), its unique color is still sought after in fine woodworking projects.

The shade of king wood almost looks like a deep-violet hue, and has narrow black stripes which intersperse with wide and lighter bands.


This type of wood is a family of the walnut. It is usually the choice for making cabinets, inlays, and in wood carving. However, unlike the walnut, this wood a lot softer and needs to be handcrafted entirely.

Curly Jarrah

This is among the types of wood carving that come in a rich, reddish color. It is actually a very important tree in West Australia. Jarrah trees grow as high as six feet in diameter. Jarrah is also known for being able to carve well and takes stains very well.


For all of you who are planning on wood carving sculptures, this might be the wood for you. The wood’s firm, yet easy to carve. The color’s just a bit off white, and can even be in a yellowish-pink shade.

Lime easily takes stains and when it’s bleached, it will turn the timber to pure white.

Legnum Vitae

It’s among the heaviest kinds of wood, and is broadly used in making of hammers, mallets, and other tools that require toughness and heaviness.

When you’re working with heartwood, the shade can look a bit dark-green to brown, while its sapwood can have yellowish contrasts.

Honduras Mahogany

Although there are a couple of unique species, all of them are known to have a beautiful elegance because of its rich red color.

Oak – Among the many wood varieties, the oak has been known for hundreds of years to be one of the finest woods in America.

Although this kind of lumber isn’t a top choice when carving out smaller details, it can be used when making big and bold carvings.

Indian Rosewood

Rosewood’s timber has a luxurious, dark brown shade with blackish markings. It’s hard, heavy, and aside from being used to make billiard cues and musical instruments, this is also inexpensive.

Teak – It comes in a golden shade and carves easily. It’s known to be highly durable under any weather because the wood’s preserved by its natural aromatic oils.


This unique wood carving starts out with a straw color but after it’s exposed to air, turns red while and hardens entirely. Iroko is also termite-resistant.

These are just a few of the different types of wood for carving. Whether you’re an amateur or an expert, the important thing is that proper care’s given to keep the wood from rotting, fungus, or insect infestations.

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