March 2020 | Imbuya

imbuya wood veneer

March 2020 Wood of the Month | Imbuya, Imbuia, Brazilian Walnut. Imbuya goes by many different names. Although it is not a true Walnut, Imbuya wood veneer possesses many of the same characteristics such as rich colors and interesting grain patterns.

Natural individuality

Found primarily in Brazil, Imbuya grows to heights of 130 feet with trunk diameters around six feet. These large trees allow for substantial veneer yields that are excellent for high-end projects.

With that said, Imbuya has unique aesthetic from log to log. Heartwood varies widely from medium to dark chocolate with contrasty streaks and stripes. Imbuya can also have olive tones, reddish or golden hues.

imbuya wood veneer

Along with the multitude of colors, a wide array of grain patterns and figure types are seen in Imbuya wood veneer – clusters, burls, pommele and fiddlebacks are just a few. In addition to all of the color and figure variation, Imbuya has fantastic contrast, and often has pips, pecks and irregular markings.

Common cuts, sizes and uses

We have Imbuya flat cut veneer and Imbuya quarter cut veneer available. Lengths vary from 8-10’+ with widths between nine inches to 2 feet and wider. We have various figure types of Imbuya wood veneer in stock including pommele, burl and cluster. We also have dyed options available.

Uses: Architectural millwork, fine furniture and cabinetry, as well as yacht and aircraft interiors.

Contact us to discover more about our extensive inventory and how we can help take your project to the next level.

January-February 2020 | Lumber Newsletter

monkeypod live edge slabs - January-February 2020 Lumber Newsletter - bohlke lumber
Handsome Monkeypod slabs that will bring character and warmth to any space. 

All about Monkeypod lumber:

Monkeypod, Raintree, Saman | In our most recent M. Bohlke Lumber newsletter, we delve into its workability, characteristics and what our Monkeypod live edge and Bohlke lumber inventory currently looks like.

The name Monkeypod comes from the shape of the fruit these trees produce. Outside of Hawaii, one of the more common names for Monkeypod is Raintree, which is due to the leaves folding up at night or during periods of rainfall. Besides Raintree, this wood knows many names and has many uses depending on the region, ranging from construction to high end furniture.

These rather huge and fast growing trees can produce large dimensional live edge slabs and lumber. Within our architectural and design community, Monkeypod is crafted into both indoor and outdoor furniture, cabinets and boat trim. It is an excellent choice for furniture and the possibilities with Monkeypod live edge slabs are virtually endless. We’ve seen many bar tops, countertops, dining tables, conference tables and more created from this stunning wood.

Click here to read our newsletter, all about Monkeypod lumber.

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February 2020 | Satinwood

satinwood wood veneer

February 2020 Wood of the Month | Commonly called Ceylon Satinwood, Satinwood veneer and lumber has fine texture and a high natural luster. The colors range from a rich and bright yellow to a deeper golden hue. Darker streaks throughout are typical.

satinwood wood veneer

Quarter cut Satinwood veneer has incredibly desirable mottled, ropey or ribbon figure. Aptly named, Satinwood figure can appear almost three dimensional and looks very similar to the lustrous satin fabric.

Because the trunk diameters are usually around 12 inches, the veneer is typically quite narrow. Some trees grow to larger diameters and we do have some larger dimensions available. In raw form, this wood has a light chalky powder that dissipates after sanding.

A little background: Chloroxylon swietenia and Zanthoxylum flavum are the only species that are true Satinwood. This family includes Citrus trees, like Lemon and Lime trees. Other woods like Movingui and Yellowheart are sometimes called satinwood, but they are not part of the same family.

Uses: Traditionally used in cabinetry, although it has many applications in today’s design world. These include architectural millwork, inlaying, fine furniture, decorative paneling, as well as automotive and aircraft interiors.

Lumber availability: In addition to quarter cut and flat cut veneer, we also have Satinwood lumber in square edge form. Our inventory currently consists of 4/4, 6/4 and 8/4 FAS&BTR.

Contact us today for assistance with your design specifications and experience our first class service.

January 2020 | Cocobolo

January 2020 Wood of the Month | We are kicking off the New Year with one gorgeous wood veneer: Cocobolo (sometimes called Nicaragua Rosewood). Every log has its own unique color palette. The heartwood colors can range from shades of brown with black or purple streaks to yellow, orange or deep red. The sapwood is a very light yellow in comparison to the rich heartwood.

A true Rosewood: Cocobolo is dense, hard and durable. It stains and finishes beautifully and easily. It also has a high oil content, a common characteristic of Rosewood.

Uses: Fine furniture, both acoustic and architectural paneling, and in luxury aircraft and yachts. Most notably, its acoustic properties make it a prime choice for musical instruments, especially guitars.

Contact us to learn more about Cocobolo, our extensive inventory and how we can help with your project. If this look isn’t exactly what you or your client are looking for, our team can help you on your wood veneer search.

November-December 2019 | Lumber Newsletter

Teak boule
Close-up of one of our many available Teak boules.

Click here to read our November-December 2019 Lumber Newsletter, all about exterior hardwood.

In this issue:

Lesser Known Exterior Hardwood Species | Teak and Ipe are very popular choices for exterior applications. In this issue, we give snapshots about several imported species with characteristics similar to Teak. From boat building to decking options, these species each have their own merits, as well as unique beauty. We carry these species in several forms of lumber such as square edge and boules, as well as live edge slabs.

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December 2019 | Wood of the Month

December 2019 WOM | Limba Frake is highly decorative. This architectural wood veneer is indisputably unique from log to log – always exquisite in appearance. Some of our available logs have figure, some have sap; others exemplify great structure and some have broken stripe.

Colors range from a light yellow-brown to a more golden brown with irregular dark brown or black streaks. Limba Frake has a moderately coarse texture and is highly lustrous. It takes both stains and finishes well.

It is no surprise that this stunning veneer is prized for architectural use, acoustic panels, and musical instrument design, especially electric guitars and drums. Other common applications include high-end custom furniture, millwork and cabinetry, as well as both interior yacht building and aircraft applications.

Our team is confident that one of our available Limba Frake logs will speak to you and your project team. Contact us to learn more about our inventory and how we can help with your next project.

November 2019 | Wood of the Month

November 2019 WOM | Cerejeira wood veneer is our team’s pick for November.

While Cerejeira Crotch wood veneer is very popular in our industry, we think that flat cut Cerejeira deserves recognition, too.

Cerejeira is a South American wood that emits a sweet smell, similar to vanilla or cumiran. Heartwood color ranges from a generally uniform golden-yellow to a light brown, sometimes with an orange hue. Its grain is interlocked and it has a medium to high natural luster with a medium to coarse texture.

Common uses: High-end luxury furniture and store fixtures/accents, as well as architectural millwork, panels and cabinetry.

This specie takes both stains and finishes well.

Contact us to learn how we can help you with your project specifications.

About the tree: The trees are large, typically reaching heights of up to 82-100 feet, with trunk diameters between 20-35 inches. (Source:

September-October 2019 | Lumber Newsletter

September-October 2019 Lumber Newsletter
Item donations for Animal Friends Humane Society sit atop one of our flatbeds. In addition to these wonderful items, we also gifted AFHS a monetary donation.

Click here to read our September-October 2019 Lumber Newsletter.

Highlights this issue:

Coming Soon… Lumber by Appointment.

Complete Species List | Don’t see a species listed that you’re looking for? Please inquire, as we generally have veneer logs to cut into lumber that can be kiln dried on short order.

Our Open House | In early October, we opened our doors to the community. Woodworkers, community members, friends and family visited with Trooper (Cincinnati’s local dog celebrity), took tours of the warehouses, and helped us raise monetary and item donations for Animal Friends Humane Society (AFHS).

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Our 2019 Lumber Open House | All Bark, Some Bites

Our 2019 lumber open house this past Saturday was a hit! We opened our doors to the communities of Fairfield and Hamilton, raising $500 for Animal Friends Humane Society (AFHS) in Hamilton, OH (@animalfriendshumanesociety) plus a wonderful amount of item donations.

All of the item donations atop our M. Bohlke Corp. flatbed. We saw lots of cat and dog food, treats and toys, paper towels, new towels, litter, puppy pads, cleaning supplies and office supplies for the AFHS staff.

The $500 was raised from our Walnut live edge raffle… and our winner is Brooklyn Pierce. Congrats to Brooklyn and family!

Brooklyn Pierce with her 7.75′ long x 28″ wide Walnut live edge slab.

Brooklyn’s grandfather is a woodworker and they have a few ideas in mind already. They are leaning toward a desk or shelving for trophies. Brooklyn is browsing live edge slab projects for inspiration and expressed interest in working together with her Grandpa once they pick a project.. or two.

Special thank you to Trooper and family from The Trooper Telegraph (@thetroopertelegraph) for being apart of our event. 🐾

Trooper hanging out in the warm sun and meeting some of our younger guests.
During our open house, the M. Bohlke Lumber team gave tours of our warehouses where we store our imported square edge, live edge slabs, boules and more.
Our visitors enjoyed trying Hammerschlagen, a nail driving challenge with German roots.
Our team was kept busy playing Hammerschlagen all throughout the open house.
Families enjoyed corn hole, Hammerschlagen, visiting with Trooper and the Golden Goose food truck.

Thank you to everyone who came to see us at M. Bohlke Lumber and for your support!

October 2019 | Wood of the Month

October 2019 WOM | Pronounce Izombe as if you are saying “i-zombie.” This versatile wood veneer deserves the spotlight, and this October is a fitting month for its showcase.

Izombe wood veneer uses vary; common applications are interior millwork, furniture and doors, as well as yachts and aircraft interiors.

Its heartwood is golden yellow-orange with darker brown streaks throughout. These streaks can be nervous and wavy, while the figure is of mottle or ribbon type. The texture is very fine and even, and the grain is generally straight.

A clear finish is crisp all on its own, and adding a light brown to auburn stain keeps the defined grain lines brilliant, as seen here:

Izombe wood veneer stain finishes

Over time, all woods will fade and possibly change color with exposure to light. But Izombe is a little different than other veneer, just like its unique name. In addition to having a luxurious finish, of all the woods with similar color, Izombe wood veneer changes color the least over time.

Logs are typically between 35,000-50,000 square feet with nice sequencing and good dimension.

Does the aesthetic of Izombe fit your upcoming project and specifications? Contact us today and our knowledgeable team will answer any questions you may have.

About the tree: Typically reaches 120 feet with a straight bole. Trunk diameters are generally 3-4 feet. (Source: A Guide to Useful Woods of the World, Second Edition)