Italian Carrara Marble
Carrara marble is a type of white or blue-grey marble popular for use in sculpture and building decor. It is quarried in the city of Carrara in the province of Massa and Carrara in the Lunigiana, the northernmost tip of modern-day Tuscany, Italy.
The different ground colours and veins of the marble in the area of Carrara make this material spectacular. If the ground colour is light, the Carrara marble seems to be all white; a marble with grey veins or little veins is called Statuario, it’s the one famous marble used by Michelangelo or Canova that makes only about 5% of the stone mining.
It’s important when considering natural stone that pits and fissures are part of the stones natural structure and in no way a structural defect. Natural pitting present on the surface is what distinguishes highly sought after natural stone from man-made or manufactured material.
American White oak
White Oak has long been considered one of the preeminent hardwoods of Central & Eastern America. The trees commonly live for hundreds of years, if left undisturbed. The color of the heartwood can vary from a light golden tan to a light to medium brown. The grains are straight. Quartersawn examples often display the “fleck” figuring patterns for which oaks are known. Its renowned toughness and durability has seen White Oak used in boat building for centuries.
Victorian ash is the trade name for two of the tallest hardwood species in the world. This Australian hardwood takes its name from the fact that it grows in the alpine areas of Victoria, It can refer to either mountain ash or alpine ash and as these species are species segregated in Victoria it is marketed under the name Victorian ash and has a heartwood that ranges from pale pink to yellowish brown, with a sapwood that is often indistinguishable in colour.
Messmate is a hardwood native to Tasmania and Victoria and the tablelands of New South Wales and southern Queensland. It has been known to grow to 90 metres tall, with a trunk up to three metres in diameter.
It varies in colour from pale browns through to light yellows with subtle hints of peach. A species rich and warm in detail, it has an even, moderately coarse texture. The sometimes interlocking, straight grains feature beautifully defined rings another classic feature of this timber is lots of black saplines that follow the shape of the grain.
A native American hardwood, American Walnut, is a premium furniture and cabinet making timber. The texture of American Walnut timber is fine and the timber has a generally straight grain, sometimes displaying an attractive curly or wavy grain pattern. The heartwood of American Walnut can range in colour from golden to a rich chocolate brown with occasional streaks of a darker purplish brown colour.