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features also enable crisper detail and more

intricate carving motifs.

Hard maple generally has interesting

graining that adds life to corbels. A relatively

clear wood that ranges from light brown to

creamy tan in color, it takes nicely to natural

or light finishes. Honey brown stain tends to

complement hard maple corbels particularly


Oak (

Red and White





abundant hardwood

species in the United

States, has been a

favorite of craftsmen for hundreds of years.

Very hard and durable, oak is a popular

choice for corbels, cabinets, floors and many

types of furniture. The species comes in two

basic varieties: red and white.

Both red and white oak stain beautifully in

most any color and sport distinctive grain

patterns ranging from straight lines to wide

arcs. Red oak, the more common of the

varieties, has a pinkish tint and open grain

pores. White oak has a slightly greenish hue

and smaller pores.


Poplar trees can

reach heights of 150

feet, making them

the tallest of all U.S.

hardwood species. Prized for its durability,

the wood is used in corbels as well as

kitchen cabinets, molding and doors. You'll

also find poplar in many musical


Poplar is pale yellow to white in color with a

greenish tint in the sapwood and open grain

pores. It stains well across a range of colors

(including a honey tone with darker colors)

and holds paint quite nicely too. A

reasonably priced option when choosing a

wood for your corbels.

White Hardwood

White hardwood, or

basswood, is used for

wood corbels, molding,

furniture and even Venetian blinds and

shutters. In terms of appearance, this wood

is fairly plain: very light cream in color with

little to no grain.

What makes white hardwood stand out —

particularly for crafting corbels — is that it's

so easy to work with. The softness and

straight grain of white hardwood make it the

ideal carving wood. It also takes well to paint

or a polyurethane finish.

Summary offers a wide variety of

corbels, most of which are available in three

or more wood species. The type of wood is

just one thing to consider when looking at

corbels; you'll also want to factor in style

and application. Click here to start reviewing

our selection of wood corbels.