We use hardwood for fine boxes. These handmade boxes are made from timbers milled from hardwood trees. In temperate and Boreal forests hardwoods are mainly broad-leaf and deciduous. They lose their leaves annually. In tropical forests the hardwoods are normally evergreens. Hardwood trees differ from softwoods mainly in their method of reproduction and not necessarily their hardness. A hardwood such as Balsa is softer than many softwoods. Therefore this would be of little use for boxes or furniture. Conversely, a softwood such as Yew is very hard and is popular in furniture making.
Hardwoods often have more intense colours than softwoods and are used decoratively as solid timber, veneer and inlays.
List of Hardwood Timbers
View the list of timbers below to find an interesting hardwood for fine boxes. I can work with these produce a beautiful handmade box for you. Look at the colours and grains to get an idea of the hardwoods that you like. The colours and grain patterns are representative of the wood. Therefore, as an organic material there will be differences in the actual woods.
Many of these species have quite interesting variations that may be workable in solid form such as Pippy Oak, fiddlebacks, and certain burrs with wild grains. But the very nature of some of these variations means that some woods are only workable in veneer. See veneer for fine boxes for an explanation of veneers, parquetry, marquetry and inlays.