Dragonfly Wood Arts products are handmade of professionally harvested woods from around New England and North America and exotic woods from around the world. All items are handcrafted and finished in historic Hardwick, Massachusetts.
The beauty of natural wood lies in that no two trees are identical. Variations in color and grain are naturally occurring characteristics of wood and are enhanced by the application of food-safe sealers. These characteristics add to the overall charm of finished lumber. Beeswax, food-safe mineral oil, or both are used to improve our cutting boards, charcuterie boards, and cheese boards. Conditioning of the wood may be needed from time to time by using food-safe mineral oil or beeswax.
Pride is taken to personalize each order, and additional options include family initial, family initial within a monogram, family last name, family last name within a wreath. First names of a couple, first names of a couple within a wreath, latitude and longitude location of a home or special place in the world, company name, and MORE!
Items are not dishwasher safe. Warm water and mild soap are recommended for cleaning both cutting boards and charcuterie boards.
Locally sourced wood combined with exotic species add elements of style, color and texture that are both practical and beautiful. Each piece is handmade with care, precision and passion. Dragonfly Wood Arts wants to provide ways to enhance activities and experiences that bring people together and encourages growth, change and transformation of the ordinary into extraordinary.
Feel the silky smooth textures. Appreciate the beauty of the grains, colors and patterns that make each piece unique. From whimsical coasters to beautiful kayaks, every product is designed with functional beauty that creates joy and appreciation for our life experiences.
Reddish-brown in color. Overall a very uniformly colored wood. Very similar in appearance and workability to mahogany. The wood displays a beautiful chatoyance. The grain will shift as your perspective changes. Occasional quilted, curly, and or mottled figures can be present. A significant upcharge is typical for figured material. Material is often sorted for “ribbon stripe,” which would consist of the quarter and rift sawn boards, a moderate upcharge for the “ribbon” material. Sapele is pleasantly fragrant when cut.
African Padauk heartwood is vivid blood red, toning down to a dark purple-brown with red streaks upon exposure. Grain is straight to interlocked. The texture is similar to African mahogany, being slightly open-grained.
Jatoba heartwood is salmon red to orange-brown marked with dark brown streaks. It has a golden luster. Grain is usually interlocked with a medium to coarse texture.
Black Walnut heartwood is rich dark brown to purplish-black and is usually straight-grained. Wavy or curly grain is sometimes present.
Note: long, wide boards are hard to find clear.
South American Mahogany heartwood ranges from light to dark reddish-brown in color. Grain is straight to interlocked. Its texture is medium to coarse and uniform. Dark-colored gun or white deposits commonly occur in the pores.
African Mahogany heartwood ranges from light to deep reddish-brown in color. Grain is straight to interlocked. Its texture is medium to coarse. Logs may have brittle or soft heartwood and sometimes fractures or heartbreaks.
Hard maple is creamy white with a reddish tinge and usually has a straight grain, sometimes curly or wavy. Fine brown growth rings give an attractive figure on plain sawn surfaces. Rays are longer than in Soft Maple. The texture is fine and even.
White oak varies in color from light tan to pale yellow-brown with a pinkish tinge. It is similar to European oak. Straight-grained with characteristic silver grain in quarter-sawn wood. Medium to coarse texture. White Oak is somewhat more figured than Red Oak due to longer rays.
Purpleheart heartwood is a deep purple-violet when freshly cut, maturing to a dark brown. The original color is restored when re-cut. Grain is straight but often irregular, wavy, and sometimes interlocked. The texture is moderate to fine.
Each order is carefully personalized, and extra choices include adding a family initial, a family initial in a monogram, a family last name, or a family last name in a wreath. Couples' first names, a couple's first names inside of a wreath, the latitude and longitude of a house or other significant location, a company name, and MORE!