At Elite Awards Manufacturing, we take pride in using only North American-sourced wood, unless otherwise requested by our clients. Our wood comes from sustainably managed forests and is shipped in large bulk orders to our manufacturing plant in order to reduce our carbon footprint.

When choosing the right wood for your products and brand, its helpful to understand about the different types. Some of our most popular options are below.

Softwood comes from coniferous trees (trees that keep their needles all year long). Some common types of softwoods are pines, spruces, cedars, and firs. These woods are usually lighter colour and weight. 

Hardwoods come from deciduous trees (trees that drop their leaves each year). Some commonly used types of hardwoods include walnut, maple, and oak. Hardwoods come in a wide variety of colors, and the grain patterns and textures make beautiful and creative products. 








So, how to choose? It all depends on your project. Generally, hardwoods are the better choice for more upscale projects, because their denser structure implies higher quality. However, another big consideration is the finished appearance. If you’re planning on painting your wood product, you probably don’t want a high-end wood like oak or walnut. And if you are specifically looking for the striking patterns and charm of woods like oak, walnut, or maple; take advantage of their grain with a clear lacquer to bring out their best.

Talk to us today about your projects and brand’s “personality” and we can recommend the best wood for you!