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Wood Selection for

Corbels and Carvings

The United States is home to over 1,000

species of trees. Of these, only a select few

are used in crafting wood corbels and other

carved wood products.

At, our corbels are all

made from select hardwoods, which are

durable but also pliable enough for

woodworking. Our Wood Selection Guide

takes a look at seven hardwood species:

alder, beech, cherry, hard maple, oak (red

and white), poplar and white hardwood.

Which is the right wood species for your

corbels? It's not always an easy choice. But

our Wood Selection Guide can help you pick

the best wood for your home improvement

project, with a particular eye toward corbels.

Whether you're a homeowner, designer or

builder, we hope you find this guide to be a

valuable resource.


Alder, a hardwood

grown in the Pacific

Northwest, is a

common choice for

corbels as well as cabinetry and furniture.

This wood is prized for its consistency in

color and ability to take stain well — two

factors to keep in mind if you're considering

alder wood corbels.

A beautiful wood that is growing in

popularity, alder is relatively soft compared

with other hardwoods and thus easy to work

with. It features graining and rich tones that

are similar to cherry, but at a much lower

price tag.


Beech is a cream-

colored hardwood that

grows primarily in

North America and in

parts of Europe. Perhaps best known as the

wood used in baseball bats, beech is also

found in wood corbels and hardwood floors.

Three factors that make beech a popular

choice for corbels: It takes stain well, is easy

to work with and has an excellent finish.


A perennial favorite

among homeowners,

cherry has been used

by furniture-makers

for literally thousands of years. This beautiful

hardwood brings a classy touch to wood

brackets, flooring, cabinetry, butcher block

countertops and other home furnishings.

Strong and relatively hard, cherry is known

for its durability. But its beauty is the

primary reason it's so often chosen for

corbels. Initially light brown in tone, cherry

gradually darkens over time to display warm,

reddish-brown hues. And if you're looking to

add a special touch to your cherry corbels,

this wood looks spectacular when finished

with a clear polyurethane varnish.

Hard Maple

Whatever your family

can dish out, hard

maple can take it. This

wood is used in

flooring and even cutting boards, so you

know it's more than tough enough for

corbels. Its hardness and stiffness make

hard maple more difficult to carve, but these