Woods in the Coval House

Hardwoods being cut for Coval House. Quepos, Costa Rica, 1985

Entry Door detail of Walnut and Ebony. Black Walnut was reclaimed from West Seattle in 1983 by craftsman David Eck

Detail of Office door in Costa Rican Laurel. Laurel is rich in color and fragrant.

Woods in the Coval House have come from around the world. In the mid 1980’s the Covals secured a container of rare Costa Rican hardwoods that were custom sawn near Quepos, Costa Rica just for the Coval House. The Pool Room truss wood, Bubinga, was also custom ordered just for the Coval House, and took nearly three years to arrive, since the acquisition began with raw logs in Africa. Some of the domestic woods include hardwoods sawn from reclaimed trees in the Pacific Northwest.

Guanacaste (Costa Rica): kitchen, Living Room beams, Bedroom Wing North
Beams, trim throughout house.

Laurel (Costa Rica): Office paneling, Master Bedroom Dressing Area cabinets and paneling.

Pochote (Costa Rica): Bedroom Wing West ceiling and Bathroom cabinets.

Tostado (Costa Rica): Bedroom Wing North wall paneling and ceiling, Living Room ceiling.

Western Ash (Oregon): Laundry Room cabinets and chair.

Bubinga (Republic of the Congo): Pool Room Trusses, Library, Bar cabinets, Loft cabinets.

Ebony (Gabon): Pool Room truss wedges, Bar drawer banding, Office door handles, Dressing Room vanity handles.

Afromosia (Republic of the Congo): Pool Room ceiling, Loft cabinets.

Eastern Maple (New England): Pantry cabinets, ladder.

East Indian Rosewood (South America): Office Trim and cabinets.

Teak (Southeast Asia): Staircase.

Cocobolo (Central America): Dressing Room drawers.

Alaskan Yellow Cedar (Alaska): Pool Shower Room, Sauna, Shoji screens.

Black Walnut (New England): Entry Doors.

Brazilian Cherry (South America): Interior Doors

Western Red Cedar (Olympic Peninsula, Washington): North Bedroom closets, Hand Split exterior siding, roof shakes.

Birdseye Maple (New England): Kitchen display cabinet