Thuya wood usually ranges in colour from a golden brown to a medium reddish brown. It has a characteristic three dimensional light and shade patterned appearance, accompanied by a multitude of small dark ‘eye’ formations.
Sourced from an evergreen conifer, Thuya wood is primarily native to the Atlas mountains of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia in north-west Africa, with smaller settlements in Malta and near Cartagena in south-east Spain.
The most desirable parts of the wood are obtained from the burrs that are located underground within the large roots of the tree.
Whilst rarely used by English cabinet makers and box makers, Thuya wood tended to be more favoured by their French counterparts.