American black walnut

This wood is American black walnut. It is the darkest of the woods I use for the construction. It is a very popular wood at the moment and is extensively used in kitchen units, furniture and flooring.

Arts and Crafts mantle clock with American black walnut frame, sycamore panel and jet design.


This wood is ash which is a straw coloured hardwood. It is particularly good at taking a stain well, as seen in the small black ash Mackintosh lattice clock

Small Mackintosh style black ash lattice clock.


This is mahogany with can be used in my clock and box designs

Mahogany is a hardwood with a reddish colour. It has gone out of popularity recently so I have no examples of either clocks or boxes made in it. I have included it in the descriptions of the woods, as it is still available and I can use it if needed.

Figured oak


These images show oak which I use in many of the clock designs and some of the boxes. The figure in the oak comes from the way the log is sawn up and the light stripes are like the spokes of a wheel and is called quarter sawn.

The plane oak comes from when the log is sawn into flat planks. Some of the oak comes from Europe and some is sourced locally.

Krenov style mantle clock in oak


Sycamore is one of the lightest woods I use as it makes a good contrast for the darker woods like the American black walnut shown here in the lake and reeds box.

This lake and reeds box uses sycamore for the lid


Teak is the wood most often seen in patio furniture because it weathers well.

It has a beautiful golden brown colour which makes it attractive for both clock and box designs. I use solid teak in it’s natural state, not other woods stained to look like teak.

This Mackintosh style rose box is made in teak with a pewter insert.