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.
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.
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.
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.
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.