Which Wood you Like?
What you need to know to choose the right wood for your project.
Our goal at Dragonfire Workshop is to make products that you feel proud to show off at games for years to come and we feel that starting with the right material is vital to that goal. Our Base Woods are available to be the primary material for your most of your projects while our Accent Woods are only available to be used as accents or for inlays. See the individual designs for how some items use accent woods for artistic effect. Currently all our base woods can also be used as accents as well. Unfortunatly, a few of our items are limited to just a few kinds of wood. Those will be noted in the individual product description. The price of your project will be affected both by the cost of the wood you desire and the difficulty in working with and finishing that kind of wood.*
African Mahogany is a reddish-brown color and may exhibit an optical phenomenon known as chatoyancy, or a cat’s-eye effect. The wood has a medium to coarse texture with straight, irregular, or interlocked grain. African Mahogany has moderate durability, but a rich, luxurious grain.
With a warm natural color that deepens with age and a rich, smooth grain, it is easy to see why cherry wood has been a favorite of furniture crafters for thousands of years.
Cherry wood has good resistance to decay and moderate shock resistance, making it a good choice for dice boxes and towers.
Flame Maple or Tiger Maple is popular for musical instruments because of the cat’s-eye effect or chatoyance the wood gives. Its pale color and interesting grain makes it great to contrast with other darker woods when designing your dice box or tower.
Wood Classic is what my youngest calls maple, and probably for good reason, the beautiful, high-contrast grain is what many people think a wood should look like. Add to it, good shock-resistance and pleasant feel in the hand, maple is an enduring favorite.
Padauk starts out a bright orange, but will slowly oxidize into a deep purple-brown with the passage of years. The most striking usage of padauk is pairing it with lighter woods for beautiful contrasts. Padauk is quite hard and heavy.
Purpleheart has a color that is hard to believe is real. It is a very hard wood with excellent shock resistance. It takes a beautiful finish and will last years, but eventually the color with become more brown-to-black as UV light slowly chemically changes its pigment.
Red Oak has a very coarse and open grain pattern that is quite distinctive with a pink to reddish-brown hue. It is fairly shock resistant, and the nature of its grain makes for a rustic feel even when well finished.
A rich, chocolate brown and a warm, silky feel provided by its fine texture, walnut is extremely popular for a wide variety of wood products. Surprisingly economical, the wood provides a luxury feel for a modest price.
Wenge is an exotic hardwood with an incredibly rich grain and texture. Its deep brown and even deeper brown grain, it is like someone mixed milk chocolate & dark chocolate. Wenge is a very hard and looks fantastic with lighter woods for contrast in both color and grain type.
Ambrosia Maple is maple that has discolored “swoosh” shapes throughout the wood, making it look a bit like “twist” icecream.
Currently, this wood is only available for slide-top boxes on those boxes you can choose between ambrosia or black ambrosia.
Bubinga begins as a reddish wood with an interesting grain, but after many years it will deepen to a reddish-umber color, but still retain its attractive grain qualities. It is often used for decorative inlays on expensive musical instruments and as decorative veneers.
Leopard wood has an amazing flecked surface that is reminiscent of the spots of a leopard. Its color can range from reddish to brown and it is very hard. Due to its cost it is usually only used as a decorative wood, which is why we only have it available for inlays and accents.
The dark-brown stripes contrasting with the cream or beige of the rest of the wood makes for a very striking appearance, while not exactly zebra-like you can use this wood to create some amazing visual effects for your dice boxes.
*Some wood is very easy to work with, while others are can take extra labor to get just right. We combine the cost of the wood and the labor cost into one number so you can see the total price you will pay for your project. You may note however that this may result in some woods that you might expect to be more expensive being cheaper than other woods that while less expensive to purchase are more difficult to work and finish.