The Rarewoods Story

The Rare Woods Story

From vibrant Cape Town, South Africa…

In 1982, owner Rory Wood, armed with an MBA degree and a thesis on establishing a wood distribution company, set out on a lifelong quest to supply craftsmen with beautiful woods from around the world.

In his home town of Cape Town, South Africa, Rory helped beautify homes and public places by changing the status quo where cabinet makers had to accept the 6 basic woods then available, to the present day where they have access to 169 different species that Rare Woods SA currently offers.

Cape Town is now accepted as the “WOOD CAPITAL” of South Africa and everywhere one can see magnificent examples of wood that will have a timeless appeal for generations to come.

IN 2008, RORY ESTABLISHED RARE WOODS USA AND BROUGHT HIS PASSION FOR HIGH END EXOTIC LUMBER TO THE US. NOW IN 2018 WE ARE TAKING THE NEXT STEP AND OFFERING A LIFETIME’S COLLECTION OF WOOD, ONLINE.

…to beautiful Maine, USA

Our distribution center is situated in the picturesque Western Mountains and Lakes area of Maine.  We invite you to visit our showroom and see first hand what we have on offer.

If you are unable to visit us and can’t find what you want online, please contact us via telephone or e-mail.  We have built up an incredible stock-holding and are here to help you take advantage of it.

In the meantime, do take the opportunity to sign up for our newsletters so that we can keep you informed of our regular specials.

Rare Woods USA carries over 120 types of wood, among them, the following specialities:-
  • Wild Olive
  • Pink Ivory
  • Tulipwood
  • Satinwood (East Indian)
  • Kingwood
  • Boxwood
  • Zebrawood
Customers include:-
  • Cabinet makers
  • Furniture makers
  • Millwork shops
  • Boat builders
  • Luthiers
  • Building contractors
  • Wood turners,
  • Carvers
  • Hobbyists.