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 InvitingHome.com, 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
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
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
cherry has been used
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.
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