I apologize for not writing for the past couple of days.  My wife is very sick and is in the

hospital so my mind and efforts have been elsewhere.  She will be in and out of the

hospital for the next four weeks.

Today I want to introduce you all to the many different species of wood that exist around

the world.  There are literally hundreds of species of wood which are broken into basically

3 different categories: Hardwoods (angiosperms), Softwoods (coniferous) and Psudowoods

(other wood-like materials).  There are over 200 hardwood species alone.

Since the list is so extensive I will just list the hardwood species today.

Below is the list of Hardwood Species:

Hardwoods (angiosperms)


Jim Morasco replied to my question about what type of wood he used to carve his eagle head shown here:

Eagle Head carved in Catalpa by Jim Morasco

Jim replied:

“I’m glad you like th e carving. The wood is Catalpa. It’s the wood I use the most.”

That’s interesting, Jim.  Is it local to your area?  As you can see from the chart above catalpa is considered to be a hardwood.  Is it hard or soft to carve?  I don’t know of anyone else who carves Catalpa.

Today we have a note and a photo of an excellent carving from my good friend Wayne Smith.  Wayne Writes:

“Hi Bob,   …..  just to let you know I’m enjoying your blog and look forward to your daily posts.

I’m attaching a photo of a recent carving that I did ( I expect you recognize the little fellow as I used some of the steps you suggested in one of your past submissions in WCI …😉) he’s 3 -1/2″ high, and the fish shack is 3″w × 6″h x 1/2″ thick.

I took that one and two others to a local giftshop to see if there might be some interest. By the time I got home  (8 miles) I had a message waiting for me saying they had sold those 3 and were looking for more. Guess I’m going to busy for the next couple of weeks 😁.


Fisherman and Fish Shack carving done by Wayne Smith

I‘m sure you will be busy, Wayne.  That’s a cute little fisherman you’ve created there with excellent workmanship on both the carving and painting.  You took a good thing and made it even better!

NEW EMAIL ADDRESS!!!  We have finally worked all the kinks out of my email situation and my new email address is now fully up and running.  You can now send all of your email, including questions, comments AND photos to carverbobk@woodchipchatter.com.  Of course you can still use the Comment button at the bottom of the Blog page just for leaving questions or comments.  Thank you everyone for your patience and understanding.

Let the chips fly!  Tell your friends about Wood Chip Chatter, and don’t forget to send in your questions and comments so we can keep Wood Chip Chatter Active and keep the conversations going!

And remember to email your photos to carverbobk@woodchipchatter.com

“Toilet Paper Sale” Carved During the 2020 Lock Down by Bob Kozakiewicz

A recent study found that women who carry a little extra weight live longer than the men who mention it.

Published by carverbobk

I’m a self taught award winning wood carver who has been carving since I was a teenager. I enjoy instructing other carvers, especially beginners.

6 thoughts on “WOOD SPECIES

  1. Hi: Catalpa isn’t too common in Southwest Ontario where I live, but it is popular for carving due to its beautiful grain. I have a friend who does human busts with it. I have found it too hard to carve with gouges, but I did manage to power carve a Christmas ornament from it.

    On Wed, Jul 21, 2021 at 3:22 PM Wood Chip Chatter wrote:

    > carverbobk posted: ” I apologize for not writing for the past couple of > days. My wife is very sick and is in the hospital so my mind and efforts > have been elsewhere. She will be in and out of the hospital for the next > four weeks. Today I want to intr” >

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