The true beauty of a baton comes from the type of wood used to create the handle. We carefully select a wide variety of beautiful woods from around the world in order to produce the most beautiful and unique batons available. The pictures below show some examples of these woods, however every piece of wood is different and your baton may vary slightly from the picture shown. If you have a favorite wood that is not listed here, let us know and we will check on the availability of that wood.

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Osage Orange

Osage Orange is a bright yellow-orange wood that has a beautiful golden depth to it, especially when viewed in the sunlight. It is a rather heavy, durable wood and finishes very smooth.


An exceptionally beautiful wood from South America, Kingwood is variegated with stripes of black and rich violet brown. It is dense and finishes very smooth.


There are many varieties of Rosewood and they vary in coloration. Rosewood tends to be rich brown with a reddish hue. It is commonly used in the construction of fine guitars and marimba bars.


Cocobolo is a striking wood from South America. It is primarily a deep,orange and brown wood, but often has beautiful variegated stripes of vibrant red, yellow and black. It finishes smooth and is a medium weight wood.

Toasted Osage

Toasted Osage starts out bright yellow, but carefully toasted, changes to a rich caramel brown. The grain lines darken up quicker creating a variegated pattern of rich browns overlaying the shimmering golden yellow.


Tulipwood is an exotic hardwood from South America. It is a light creamy pink color with bright pink or red stripes. The wood finishes smooth and makes a very beautiful baton.


Another South American hardwood, Bloodwood is deep red with tight, straight grain. This wood is very durable and a bit on the heavy side. It finishes very smooth and looks nice with or without a lacquer finish.

African Blackwood

Sometimes called Grenadillo wood, African Blackwood is used to make professional clarinets, oboes and piccolos. It is very dense and heavy and buffs smooth without any lacquer. Some pieces are completely black like the example photo, but most African Blackwood has some streaks of brown throughout the grain of the wood.


Marblewood is mostly pale brown with wandering streaks of darker purplish brown. The wood is a medium weight and has a fairly course grain.


If you like contrast, this might be the wood for you. This creamy wood is highly variegated with almost-black stripes throughout the wood. Zebrawood is a meduim weight, finishes smooth and makes a baton that turns heads.

Casual Friday

If you are looking for something fun, consider this wood I like to call, “Casual Friday”. The striped pattern of this wood is achieved by gluing together thin layers of dyed birch veneers. This process creates a colorful, lighter weight wood that finishes very smooth when lacquered.