The selection of kiln dried domestic hardwoods used for the hourglasses includes walnut, cherry and maple that Tom hand picks at small sawmills in Illinois and Pennsylvania. He also has a limited supply of Koa that he purchased on the Big Island of Hawaii. In addition, he also uses African Padauk and other exotic woods when available. The end-caps for each hourglass case are cut from the same piece of hardwood in order to insure the best possible color and grain match. They are not died or stained.
Each hardwood component, regardless of the hardwood species, is finished with clear sealers and then polished by hand to bring out the natural beauty of the wood.