Wood Types Used in Wooden Watches

If you ever wanted to know from which types of wood are made wooden watches then this is for you.

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Many people confuse Acacia wood with Koa because of the close appearance of both woods, and which is the rich bronze tone. Like many wood types, Acacia could also be found on other colors than bronze such as tan, red and gold depending on the tree´s origin. To differentiate an Acacia from koa, you only have to pay attention to the grain pattern which resembles ribbon streaks of color. The sources from which originally Acacia is are Tanzania, Africa, & Southern Asia. When it comes to sustainability, Acacia is not a Threatened Species according to IUCN and is not listed in the CITES Appendices, but at the contrary in some areas is considered invasive.


Koa is one of the popular wood types and is one of the most attractive ones when it comes to native hardwoods. Hawaii is known to be the origin of this type of trees. Koa has also another interesting feature for industrial ends as it’s a wood that render very nice and finishes smooth with a beautiful soft looking surface. Just like Mahogany, Koa wood is able to produce a great amount that range from medium to reddish brown depending on the harvest season. The grain pattern of Koa is moderately intermeshed, and sometimes wavy. Just like Acacia, Koa is not listed in the CITES Appendices.


Also known as Bambusa genera, Bamboo is another popular wood type, and which makes think of Panda. Bamboo has an attractive soft surface as well as a very unique shape and texture. This made of it a decoration used in many cartoons. Bamboo has an amazing capacity of growing up to 100 feet. South Asia is famous for being utlimate source of Bamboo and is not on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
In wooden watches manufacturing, one way of using Bamboo is gluing sanded strips together and finishing them to become a bamboo board before turning them into watch cases and strap links. This method is used by Jord which is well known for making wood watches.


This one is the most easy to guess its origins. Ebony, also having the name of Diospyros ebenum, is founded in     East Africa, precisely Mozambique. This type of wood has an intrinsic feature of having a glossy sheen and it has a high color saturation. Even though the texture of Ebony is uniform and fine, the straight grain is hardly made out because of the tone depth. To make complexe shapes, such as watches and glasses cases, ebony is challenging to exploit and woodworkers must regularly check their tools and make them sharp to reduce pulling and poor edging due to the hardness of this wood type.


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