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Wood for Crafting and Model Making

We are able to source a wide range of crafts woods. We are interested to know what your needs are. Below is some of what we are able to get hold of.
Contact us to let us know what you'd like to see us stock.

Balsa Wood

Light weight wood, widely used for model building. Thin sheets can easily be cut with a sharp craft knife. Though it is soft, by definition it is a hardwood. Download this PDF file to see what we are able to get hold of.

Basswood

Basswood is a favourite among miniature model makers as it does not have a highly visible grain.  It can be stained and work in any scale without the grain giving away the illusion. Woods with more pronounced grain would do well to be painted as just staining them loses that scale illusion.

​The image shows something from the Basswood Sticks Catalogue range. For sheet wood sizes see the Basswood Sheet Catalogue. There's also the catalogue for Basswood Plywood we can get (see next section).

Basswood Plywood

Basswood in plywood form. Makes things nice and strong. A good variety of thicknesses and sizes we can source for you here. Download the catalogue for details.

Paulownia Wood

Paulownia is similar in structure to Basswood but has a more pronounced wood grain. When working with this for creating miniatures it would be better suited to items that will be painted. The pronounced grain could undermine the scale illusion. Download the catalogue to see what we can source for you here.

Birch Wood

Another wood favoured by the crafting community. The image shows Birch Dowel. ​For sheet wood sizes see the Birch Sheet Catalogue. There's also Birch Plywood we can get (see next section).

Birch Plywood

Similar to Basswood in plywood form. Birch plywood also makes things nice and strong. But, again, it has a more pronounced wood grain. A good variety of thicknesses and sizes we can source for you. Download the catalogue for details.

Pine Wood

Good old reliable pine. A little more solid than some on the list here and again a more pronounced grain, so good for those painted projects if you're doing scale modelling.  The image shows something from the Pine Sticks Catalogue, there's also the Pine Sheet Catalogue if your project calls for planks rather than sticks.
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