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Describing Materials

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From the helpfile HELP VISUAL MATERIALS by request, as a guide for our visually impaired players:

* Pine - White sapwood, pale yellow heartwood. Lightweight, straight-grained. Softwood.
* White Oak - Light beige sapwood, deep brown heartwood. Straight-grained, uneven. Dark lined pattern. Hardwood.
* Red Oak - Rosy red sapwood, deep red heartwood. Straight-grained, uneven. Dark dotted pattern. Hardwood.
* Ash - White sapwood, light brown heartwood. Smooth-grained. Hardwood.
* Walnut - Creamy white sapwood, dark chocolate heartwood. Tight-grained. Hardwood.
* Mahogany - Yellow-brown sapwood, golden brown heartwood. Straight-grained. No voids or pockets. Hardwood.
* Cherry - Rich red to reddish brown wood. Straight-grained, fine, uniform. Satiny and smooth. Hardwood.
* Maple - Nearly white to off-white cream colored sapwood, darker reddish brown heartwood. Golden undertones. Hardwood.
* Cedar - Pale yellow sapwood, reddish or purplish-brown heartwood. Knotty, narrow-grained. Softwood.
* Birch - White sapwood, light reddish brown heartwood. Wavy-grained with a fine, uniform texture. Hardwood.
* Fir - Light brown with hints of red and/or yellow, darker growth rings. Straight and plain-grained. Hardwood.
* Beech - White, red-tinged sapwood, light to dark reddish brown heartwood. Straight-grained, medium to fine texture. Hardwood.
* Spruce - Yellowish white sapwood, reddish brown heartwood. Straight-grained with medium to fine texture. Softwood.
* Teak - Golden yellow with dark streaks when new, darkens with age and exposure to air. Hardwood.
* Rosewood - Red to dark red coloring. Tight-grained, heavy. Rose-like scent. Hardwood.
* Cottonwood - Tan to brownish color with gray or purple mineral streaks. Hardwood.
* Larch - Nearly white sapwood, yellow to medium reddish brown heartwood. Distinct resinous odor. Softwood.
* Ebony - Black to very dark brown. Heavy enough to sink in water. Fine-grained. Mirror finish when polished. Hardwood.
* Elm - Well-fined, pale brown sapwood, light to medium reddish brown heartwood. Interlocked grain. Hardwood.
* Bamboo - Pale yellow, no sapwood, heartwood, or growth rings. Uniform texture. Technically hardwood.
* Chestnut - Pale white to light brown sapwood, light to medium reddish brown heartwood. Hardwood.
* Hickory - Cream colored sapwood, tan/reddish brown heartwood. Extreme contrast in color between heart and sapwood. Hardwood.

* Alabaster - Light-colored, translucent, soft. Sometimes used for light fittings, but expensive and rare.
* Basalt - Uniform grey color, hard and compact. Commonly used as an aggregate but can be used for flooring or monuments.
* Granite - Light grey to black, pink, blue, or green, depending on mineral content. Popular choice for kitchen worktops, tiles, fireplaces, or paving.
* Limestone - Various colors can be found, but typically yellowish white. Popular choice for floor tiles, cladding, vanity tops, or fireplaces.
* Marble - Crystal-like texture, both hard and compact. Many color options. Can be used similarly to granite, but wears more quickly and can stain.
* Onyx - Parallel bands of chalcedony in alternating colors. Many color options, often dark. Slightly translucent.
* Sandstone - Typically found in warm reds, yellows, or oranges. Often used for building and paving materials, typically outdoor.
* Slate - Fine-grained, dark, typically found in sheets and used in floor tiles or kitchen worktops.
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