Here are the different varieties of wood I use. They all grow locally here and come from well managed sustainable woodlands.
Oak - Strong and dark heartwood.
Ash - Light in colour and capable of withstanding hard knocks.
Yew - Beautiful grain. Dark heartwood and creamy sapwood. Solid.
Birch - Soft and light-weight.
Spalted Birch - amazingly beautiful grain but not very strong.
Maple - Strong and beautiful.