Types of Wood Nairi Safaryan uses to create his masterpieces

Every art piece created by Nairi Safaryan has a history behind it and is one of a kind. Art pieces made of wood are one of the few things in the world that  you can own and know that you are the only person in the world who owns that particular grain pattern and its inherent beauty. Each grain pattern is a unique masterpiece of design, texture and splendor. Even what some may view as a defect, like a knot or other natural blemishes, can add more beauty and character to any art piece.  Each type of wood has haracteristics which is considered when making an art piece. Below you can read about the types of wood that are used to make the unique art pieces made by Nairi Safaryan and showcased at http://www.woodsymphony.com.

Walnut is considered a rare wood type, it is quite durable, hard and strong. Walnut can be found in the United States, parts of Asia, and Europe. There are many different varieties. Its coloration can be light to chocolate brown, and may contain burls, butts, and curls. Walnut can also be found with purple white and green hues.

Gaboon ebony wood is an exotic wood. It is mostly pure black, but can have occasional chocolate brown seams, especially in the middle of larger chunks. Ebony is dense enough to sink in water. Its fine texture, and very smooth finish when polished, make it valuable in wood carving.

Bloodwood is found in the tropics of South America. Bloodwood is very dense and heavy wood. It is extremely hard and has a very tight grain. Its color is a gorgeous dark red (hence the name).

Boxwood has extremely fine texture and is close-grained. It has light yellow color. It is also very strong and hard, which makes it a  perfect wood for detailed carving.

Cocobolo  has very attractive color and texture. This beautiful dark grained hardwood has a high oil content that acts as
a barrier to water absorption and imparts a waxy appearance when rubbed.  The tree grows to a height of 45 to 60 feet.

Pear wood is very hard, closed grain and strong. It is so hard that the sharpest of tools are required to work it. This allows  to cut the finest of details and form the most delicate of shapes. Pear wood is also, unlike almost any other hardwood, without figure. The general colour of pear wood is almost dark fleshy color.

Rosewood has many varieties. All rosewoods are strong and heavy. Many of these woods are scented, and rosewood oil
is extracted from them for use in perfume. This comes in a number of shades, from dark brown, to chocolate brown, to purplish on a background that is reddish. It has black pigmentation lines or eye-catching dark brown streaks.

Mahogany is a tropical hardwood indigenous to South America, Central America and Africa. It is tan-brown, reddish-brown, or pinkish in color. Its grain is distinctive, often being ribbon-striped, when it is straight, although it can also be quite plain, or in broken stripes.  Mahogany is strong, with a uniform pore structure and poorly defined annual rings. Mahogany is an excellent carving wood and finishes well.

Purpleheart can be found in the tropical region of central and south America. Purpleheart is prized for its beautiful heartwood which, when cut, quickly turns from a dark brown to a rich purple. The wood is extremely dense. The denseness provides a very good cutting surface.

Gancalo Alves is distinguished by its two-tone appearance and variations in color. It is a very durable, heavy hard, dense wood that requires machining with tools with carbide cutters. Trees grow to 120 feet high with trunk diameters to 40 inches. Although a lesser-known species, Goncalo Alves is one of the most beautiful tropical woods from Central and South America.

White Ash is fairly light and is flexible. The wood from the heart of the tree ranges in color from light brown to cream, whereas the sapwood is lighter in color. Its grain is moderately open and straight. It is a strong, elastic, and hard wood.

Cherry wood is moderately heavy, hard, closed grain and strong, and it also machines and sands to glass-like smoothness. Because of this, Cherry finishes beautifully. The heartwood in Cherry is red in color, and the sapwood is light pink. The figure in this wood varies from highly mottled to plain.

Color of Koa varies ranging from pale yellow or golden brown to deep chocolate, but more commonly reddish brown with light and dark bands in the growth rings and various attractive patterns, such as fiddleback and rainbow. The wavy and curly grain is moderate to severely interlocked, the texture is moderately coarse, and the surface is quite lustrous and takes a high polish.

Lacewood is widely grown in Australia, and is a fairly soft wood, with a grain structure that is unusual, appearing like hammered copper.

Padauk is found in Asia and Africa. The wood is valued for its toughness, stability, and decorativeness. The wood is an orange-reddish color.

Maple is also called sugar maple and rock maple, hard maple grows all over the USA. As its name states, hard maple is extremely hard. It has a variety of grain patterns such as clear, birds eye, curly, and tiger. This wood ranges from cream-white to snowy-white, although during the off season you do get a few that are yellowish in tone. It has mineral streaks and sugary specks, and also sometimes contains figures that are quilted, blistered, or curly. When hand-rubbed with oil it can be given a golden-ivory warm color.

Bocote is richly grained tropical hardwood. It is very scarce and is classified as rare or endangered throughout its natural habitat. Bocote is native to Colombia, Cuba, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua. Its grain varies from straight to roey and its texture is fine to medium with an oily appearance. The tree varies in height to a maximum of 100 feet. The wood is noted to be a very heavy hard wood, resists marring and denting, and is very resistant to decay.


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