Bloodwood (Brosimum rubescens) was chosen for its subtle grain pattern and intense color. Bloodwood is one of today’s most prized lumbers for its outstanding color and figure. Bloodwood is a very dense wood and is indigenous to Tropical South America. The wood is in high demand and is quite expensive. For more information on Bloodwood, please visit: http://www.wood-database.com/bloodwood/

Birdseye Maple is not technically a distinct species of Maple, but rather, it’s a figure that’s occasionally found in Acer saccharum (Sugar Maple) trees. It’s named “birdseye” (sometimes simply written out as: Bird’s Eye Maple) because the figure resembles small bird’s eyes. This wood was chosen for its interesting, yet subtle, grain pattern. It makes an ideal companion to show off the color and intensity of Bloodwood.  The figure is reportedly caused by unfavorable growing conditions for the tree. The Sugar Maple attempts to start numerous new buds to get more sunlight, but with poor growing conditions the new shoots are aborted, and afterward a number of tiny knots remain.