Woods and Materials

From America’s earliest days, fine furniture has been constructed from durable native hardwoods, grown and forested locally, and treasured for their distinctive characteristics. The unique history of each wood, written in its grain, natural coloration, and texture, is what distinguishes a finished product.
Wood material supply room

We are so accustomed to furniture made of sawdust, it is thrilling to view the warmth and texture of fine wood chairs and tables, made with love. Thanks for this.

Roselyn M.

Online swatches may not accurately portray the color of the furniture finish.

Cherry

One of our most beloved hardwoods, cherry is dense, with a close, straight, and finely textured grain. Its natural tones are orange, brown, and red, which can be accentuated by a light stain. While working with cherry is challenging, the end product is always beautiful.

Both locally and regionally sourced.

Light Cherry

Light Cherry

Fruitwood Cherry

Fruitwood Cherry

Antique Cherry

Antique Cherry


Oak

Oak has always been valued for its durability and dramatic, distinctive grain. While there are hundreds of oak species, most in North America, white and red oak are the more commonly used.

Both locally and regionally sourced.

Antique Oak

Antique Oak

Natural Oak

Natural Oak


Walnut

Long prized for sophistication and elegance, walnut is a distinctive, tight-grained dark brown with mauve overtones. It was especially popular in the early twentieth century and has been rediscovered by twenty-first century designers who appreciate its velvety finish.

Both locally and regionally sourced.

Walnut

Walnut


Mahogany

When mature and ready for harvesting, farmed mahogany trees are one of the largest species—resulting in greater timber yield and unusually wide boards uncompromised by knots or other irregularities. Mahogany has long been prized for its reddish-brown satin ribbon grain and is one of the world’s most treasured natural products.

Clore sources two types of African mahogany: Khaya and Sapele. Our supplier’s strict lumber import standards ensure a quality mahogany that machines and finishes beautifully.

Red Mahogany

Red Mahogany

Brown Mahogany

Brown Mahogany


Fiber Rush Seating

Fiber rush seats, signature features of Clore chairs, are constructed locally of tightly twisted kraft paper cording. Originating over one hundred years ago, fiber rush was developed as an alternative to imported rattan reed, and weaving fiber rush seats has become a local cottage industry. The rush seats are lacquered for greater strength and durability.

Chair with fiber rush material