Wood Species

Our passion is wood, and there are very few wood species that we haven’t worked with over the years. We have over 50 types of wood veneers in stock, but we have created a list of favorites that our cabinet makers and designers feel is a comprehensive selection. If there is a wood veneer that you would particularly like to have a pair of frames made from, just let us know.

Engineered Woods:

Engineered species are woods that have been made by splicing a number of wood species together so they are not a single species. These are generally a mixture high quality eco-friendly reconstituted natural woods. They are highly unusual and interesting. The list of Engineered woods we offer are:

Contemporary Grey
Ebony Light
Charcoal Oak

Macassar Ebony :

A famous and well documented wood Macassar Ebony Veneer is used for high-end cabinetry, musical instruments and other small specialty items. It takes a high polish extremely well adding to its beauty. The most expensive concert pianos are still made with ebony. It is very desirable wood for carving and fine art works. It is mostly grown in warm places such as India and African countries. Macassar Ebony which grows in Africa is now a protected species and is only available is small quantities.

Fir Burl:

A very rare and expensive wood species and not many fine cabinet makers even discover it in their lifetimes. However this is really due to the fact that is also very new on the commercial market and hardly anybody knows much about it, including us! But we have tested it rigorously and have discovered it makes a very beautiful and attractive pair of frames. It has lots of knots and brown lines which give character to this pearl of a wood. Campbell Marson’s favorite species.

Amboyna Burr:

Probably the most expensive burr in the world. This beautiful exotic timber is used extensively for fine furniture and smaller exclusive pieces. Because of its tight burr figuration it is ideal for glasses. The heartwood varies from light yellow, through golden brown to brick red in color. As with all wood species, the grain will vary from one selection to another so each pair will always be very individual.

Padauk :

This exotic and beautiful wood is known for its deep red color . It is the most famous African wood species but also grown in India and even in America. Extremely strong and finishes beautifully with gloss.

Did you know that Copenhagen airport has a wooden floor in terminal 2. It was fitted in 1960 using blocks of Padauk. It is still there today.

Purple Heart Burr:

This really does have the wow factor. Found in Central and South America, this exotic wood is a worldwide favorite, used in guitars and some furniture. Not an easy wood to work with and extra care is taken in the lacquering and polishing. Lots of names have been used for this special striking purple, violet coloured wood. Purpleheart has high bending and crushing strength and stiffness with medium resistance to shock loads. Really ideal for glasses if you know how to handle it. If you don’t, you’ll be in a for a few surprises.

Santos Rosewood:

Santos Rosewood is considered to be among the most beautiful of all woods. Its colour can vary from red to orange to yellow to blue and you have different looks due to varied grain patters from tree to tree, which gives this species so much character. It grows in South America and has been used for centuries as one of the oldest woods in architectural crafts. We have some very rare rosewoods in stock, but because they are so old and have no paperwork, they cannot be sold anymore. They are left for visitors to see and admire.


One of the most famous species in wood industry, walnut is commonly grown all around the world. It has a rich colour which makes it one of the most valued domestic lumbers. The heartwood of the tree ranges from dark tan to a deep chocolate brown, sometimes with streaks of purple and green hues. The most popular of course is Black American Walnut because of its beautiful and striking colours.

Walnut Burr:

Considered to be the most attractive variety of walnut and certainly the most popular for cabinet makers throughout the world. It is used predominantly for high end furniture and wood designs of all descriptions. As expected it makes a stunning pair of glasses particularly suited to sun glasses. Always best to go for frames with wide side to really enhance and show of this burr.


Wenge is an African grown wood and known to be extremely strong and heavy. As most of the exotic woods it is selected for its dark colour and dramatic appearance. Wenge is straight grained, and very coarse textured and but takes the finish easily. Commonly used for crafts and artistic and general purposes, but we think this will be a very popular wood for glasses.

Walnut Quarter Cut:

Quarter sawn walnut is distinguished by its clean straight grain appearance. It will have a uniform brown appearance but when lacquered and it tends to lighten which is what defines walnut itself. Quarter cut walnut is considered a hardwood and relatively stable, so we use this for both inside and outside of our frames.

Maple (Quarter Sawn):

Canadian Hard Maple is a common and popular wood used in the making of musical instruments and furniture among other things. At Campbell Marson, we only use Quarter Sawn maple because of its strength and flexibility. It is used for the middle of our frames. QS means the log is cut and it is ‘straight grain’. It is also used for the inside of Steinway pianos.


An extremely tough dense wood used mainly in construction and wood flooring. Also known as Brazillian Cherry, it changes on cutting from lightish pink to a deep red. Although it can be very difficult to work with, it produces an amazing colour when treated and finished properly. We are always asked why we don’t just stain sycamore to produce a reddish colour as Jatoba is so difficult to work with. The truth is you can never use staining as a method of reproducing a wood species.

Figured Sycamore:

A particularly nice feature of sycamore is that it takes stain really nicely making it easy to colour. We can therefore, offer this species in many different tones. The sycamore we use is a European grown wood and the best Figured Sycamore comes from the North of England and Scotland. It used to be very popular many years and we intend to bring it back.