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8 Types of Wood We Use to Make Sustainable Ovi Watches

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Wood We Use to Make Sustainable Watches

A hand-crafters dream is to use the best quality raw materials that are durable, flexible, and just beautiful to work with. The hardwoods we use in the making of our wooden watches are specifically selected to create a product that will comfortably lay on its wearers wrist and last a long time. A wooden watch is a perfect combination of honoring the beauty of nature and giving practical use to keep up with your busy schedule. It is not just a watch that looks good and shows you the time, it’s an eco-friendly fashion statement.

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Cherry wood

Cherry Wood Watch

American black cherry wood comes from the cherry fruit tree. It’s a hardwood that is famous for its durability and beautiful color that naturally radiates moderate lustre. The variety of colors for this type of wood is endless. It starts out a light golden/pink tone and darkens to a rich, reddish-brown color as it’s exposed to light. A single board of Cherry tree can have a variety of colours, which allows us to embrace the unique characteristics of the contrasting grain patterns in the wooden watches we create. The wood has a straight-grain, a fine, uniform, satiny and smooth texture. It naturally may contain brown pitch flecks and small gum pockets - mineral deposits that originate where sap was once stored. It definitely adds character to anything made from Cherry wood.

Origins: the main commercial areas for cherry wood is Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and New York.

Durability: cherry hardwood is a moderately durable wood. Its heart is very resistant to rot and decay.

Sustainability: using cherry lumber instead of rainforest woods helps to preserve some of the most biodiverse wildlife habitats on the planet. This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Cherry wood watch collection: https://oviwatch.com/collections/cherry-wood-watches

Walnut wood 

Walnut Wood Watches

Black walnut wood is dark, hard, dense and tight-grained. It's praised by woodworkers for its strength and color. We truly appreciate this type of wood as it is presented in many of the watches in our collection. It polishes to a very smooth finish which makes it gentle to touch. The color ranges from creamy white in the sapwood (the outer portion of the wood, may have a pale blonde color, yellow-gray as well) to a dark chocolate in the heartwood (the inner part of the wood, may also have lighter browns, purples, grays, or reddish tints). Over the years, natural Walnut wood develops a lustrous patina. Unlike cherry, maple, and oak (which all darken in color as they age), walnut wood will actually slightly lighten over time. Walnut wood is straight-grained, though it can sometimes have waves or curls, which enhance the character of a piece. Nonetheless, the produced lumber is rich in color and has more uniform grain patterns, which makes it a perfect resource for watchmaking.

Origins: black walnut grows throughout the eastern United States and eastern Canada, the healthiest and most renowned walnut trees are found in the American Midwest especially Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana.

Durability: very durable wood that doesn’t usually warp despite changes in humidity and heat, and it’s rot-resistant.

Sustainability: the use of valuable Black Walnut wood has little impact on the total availability of trees and nuts. This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Walnut wood watch collection: https://oviwatch.com/collections/walnut-wood-watches

Maple wood 

Maple Wooden Watch

Maple wood is incredibly strong, looks great, and ages gracefully. It’s a unique color, smooth grain, and strength make this type of wood a popular choice among woodworkers. There is no wonder why exactly maple wood is one of our choices when creating a bright and joyful piece for you to enjoy. Maple wood has a smooth grain pattern, which gives it a creamy color. It can brighten up any look and can be dressed up to suit any preferred style. It is light and it has an impressive durability. We use the most common species for this tree - Hard Maple (Sugar Maple or Rock Maple). It tends to have a white hue with pitch flecks and mineral streaks adding some reddish-brown tints to it, though the color will deepen due to exposure to UV light and oxygen. As the years pass a watch made from Maple wood will develop a honey-gold patina.

Origins: the sugar maple, or hard maple, is only native throughout the northern United States and parts of Canada.

Durability: hard maple, or sugar maple, is the most durable of the maple species with a janka value of 1,450, which makes it one of the hardest domestic woods used in furniture making.

Sustainability: maple wood is an amazing option in terms of eco-friendliness. The trees grow in abundance and they are harvested in a sustainable way. This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Maple wooden watch collection: https://oviwatch.com/collections/maple-wood-watches

Cumaru wood 

Cumaru Wood Men Watch

Cumaru comes from the Dipteryx Odorata Tree. Its color varies from a golden tan to a reddish brown with some dark grain accents throughout the wood. In its natural state, Cumaru shows little color variation and is fairly uniform in color as there is not a large degree of difference between the sapwood and the heartwood. Unlike most exotics Cumaru undergoes very little color change due to sunlight and will age gracefully achieving a slightly darker, but more uniformed tone. This type of wood is very resistant against any weather, excessive moisture and insect or pest attack, which gives you the freedom of enjoying this type of wood throughout any adventures. Cumaru is one of the most dense woods and is much harder than any domestic species that makes it very durable. Another interesting fact about Cumaru is that it has a faint, vanilla or cinnamon-like scent when being worked. It means that when you will receive the hand-crafted wooden watch, the delicious aroma will beautifully linger on your wrist for a while.

Origins: the tree is native to Central America and northern South America.

Durability: Cumaru is resistant to rot, insects, and decay. It has natural hardness and oils that make it a naturally treated wood that will last a long time in all environments.

Sustainability: the wood is sourced from a very large geographic area and is responsibly harvested. This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Cumaru wood watch collection: https://oviwatch.com/collections/cumaru-wood-watches

Teak wood

Teak Wooden Watch

The teak tree is sourced from the tropics. Teak has always been a prized material, valuable for its elegance and durability. It is more expensive than other types of wood because it possesses some natural properties that other woods don't have. The high oil content, high tensile strength and tight grain make this tree particularly suitable where weather resistance is desired. It is a beautiful piece of wood to look at, the heartwood tends to be a golden or medium brown with a color slightly darkening with age. Newly cut teak wood has a leather-like scent which makes it feel even more luxurious when wearing it. In our craftsmen's hands, this high-quality type of wood is transformed into something classic and versatile.

Origins: South Asia, much of the world's teak is exported by Indonesia and Myanmar where teak is commercially harvested from massive plantations.

Durability: teak has been considered by many to be the golden standard for decay resistance, and its heartwood is rated as very durable.

Sustainability: this wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Its popularity has led to growth in sustainable plantation teak production throughout the seasonally dry tropics in forestry plantations.

Teak wood watch collection: https://oviwatch.com/collections/teak-wood-watches

Padouk wood 

Padouk Wood Watch Red

African Padouk’s strength, stability, unique color, and durability make it a very popular wood amongst woodworkers. Padouk has a very distinct coloration, and the wood is sometimes referred to by the name Vermillion. Heartwood color can vary, ranging from a pale pinkish-orange to a deep brownish-red. Most pieces tend to start reddish orange when freshly cut, darkening substantially over time to a reddish/purplish brown (some lighter pieces age to a grayish brown). This saturated and juicy piece of wood is perfect for creating vivid designs that will catch anyone’s eye. With a typically straight grain, African padouk’s texture is open and coarse with a natural lustre - everything you need to achieve a smooth, polished and outstanding look.

Origins: from Asia or Africa, padouk wood can be obtained from a wide variety of Pterocarpus species.

Durability: resistant to termites and other insects, African padauk is a very durable wood with exceptional rot resistance.

Sustainability: this wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Padouk wood watch collection: https://oviwatch.com/collections/red-padouk-wood-watches

Amaranth wood 

Purple Amarath Wooden Watch

Amaranth wood or mostly called Purpleheart has an amazing visual appeal and strength that makes it one of the most exotic trees originating from Central and South America. This colorful Latin American hardwood is tremendously popular for furniture and other designs that call for a unique splash of color - rarely found in other types of wood. When freshly cut the heartwood of Purpleheart is a dull grayish/purplish brown, but with further aging and exposure to UV light, the wood develops a deeper eggplant purple color. The tree has a medium texture with a good natural luster. The incredible strength, durability, and visual appeal of purpleheart have made it one of the most highly praised wood types on the current commercial lumber market. It is quite an experience to see this mesmerizing color laying on your wrist.

Origins: from the territories of Central and South America, these tropical rainforest trees can most commonly be found in the rainforests of Brazil, Suriname, and Guyana.

Durability: purpleheart is rated as being highly durable, resistant to physical damage, decay, and most insect attacks, but is not best suited for use in water.

Sustainability: widely available as lumber in good widths and thicknesses. This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Amaranth wood watches: https://oviwatch.com/collections/purpleheart-wood-wrist-watches

Zebrano wood 

Zebrano Wood Watch

Zebrano wood or Zebrawood is widely known and appreciated for the distinctive dark brown/black stripes that resemble the African zebra. The tree itself is found in West Africa, specifically the rich volcanic soils of Cameroon. The wood itself is strong and stiff, with a fairly high density, and a lustrous surface. The heartwood is creamy golden, distinct from the very pale color of the sapwood, and features narrow streaks of dark brown to black. Zebrawood can also be a light brown with regular or irregular marks of dark brown in varying widths. It is almost always quartersawn to get the exciting alternating color pattern. This type of wood truly resembles the diversity in colors and patterns that are created by nature. The strong pattern is ideal for use in smaller items. There isn’t a better way to showcase this beautiful piece of wood than making a striking wooden watch out of it.

Origins: the wood of Microberlinia (also known as Zebrano) is imported from Central Africa - Gabon, Cameroon, and Congo.

Durability: heartwood is rated as durable and is also resistant to insect damage.

Sustainability: this wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices, but is on the IUCN Red List listed as vulnerable due to a population reduction of over 20%.

Zebra wood watch collection: https://oviwatch.com/collections/zebrano-wood-watches

Each Ovi Watch is a celebration of the beauty nature provides us with. Wood is a versatile material known for its strength, longevity and elegance. The types of wood we use in the watchmaking are sustainable and used responsibly to create the highest quality products. There is always room to explore, experiment, mix different designs with a variety of woods to make the perfect watch for any desire. All the unique in-house designs show endless opportunities to make a variety of timeless eco-friendly pieces.

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