For some people, nothing but Oak will do. On one hand, I completely understand, because Oak is widely available, and it has beautiful natural color and grain. Durable and sensible, Oak will last forever. Sometimes, though, Oak is just Boring!
To get a rustic look without the heaviness of oak, and more durability than pine, check out these wood briquettes from the Philippines. The individual pieces of wood are hand selected from Philippine forests by local artists, treated for insects and sealed, then bonded together. The result is panels of wood that have amazing texture and depth. A 4’x8’ panel takes about 6 months to piece together, and is suitable for use indoors or outdoors.
The panels are available in three styles: Solid wood panels, small gap panels, and large gap panels