- Spanish Cedar: a moderately-hard, stable, decay-resistant wood from South American. Has a fine grain pattern with few tight knots, and the color is similar to mahogany. Best value for high-end performance and appearance at a reasonable cost.
- Spanish Cedar (stain grade): If you choose stain grade Spanish cedar, we will take extra care to avoid using frame components with large knots and other flaws that might show up through the stain. We will also do our best to maintain a similar color for each frame component within each shutter [although the color may be more variable between shutters]. Keep in mind, however, that Spanish cedar does vary naturally in color and grain pattern and will typically have a few small, tight knots.
- Eastern Red Cedar: also called Aromatic Cedar. A soft, stable, decay-resistant wood from North American. Has a less pronounced grain pattern, lots of knots, and wide variation in color from nearly white to dark reddish purple. Lowest cost alternative — rustic look.
- Western Red Cedar: a soft, stable, decay-resistant wood from North American. Has a less pronounced grain pattern and wide variation in color from nearly white to dark reddish brown. Usually available in two grades: STK (select tight knots) and clear (no knots). This has been the traditional choice for shutters in the past, however, demand has exceeded supply in recent years, resulting in a dramatic increase in cost as well as a decline in quality.
- White Oak: a hard, heavy, stable, straight-grained wood from North American. Has a pronounced grain pattern and varies in color from nearly white to dark brown. Mid-range cost — reminiscent of antique furniture.
- Quartersawn White Oak: a variation of White Oak with a distinctive grain pattern created by the method used to saw the logs. Highest cost alternative — favored for Mission-style furniture.
Most other wood species are available on request.