While many instrument makers place beauty at the top of their priority list, I have always been motivated by the desire to achieve new dimensions of sound quality. Therefore, I naturally found that solid hardwood "carcasas" or bodies, produce tones unmatched by plywood carcasas. A strict appearance driven approach utilizes veneers applied to plywood. I use veneers only when absolutely necessary to suit the desires of the customer, usually on the tapa only. Whenever possible, I use solid hardwoods. The pleasant and varied appearances of Nautilus Cajons are simply the result of my ongoing experimentation with sound production using different species of wood. I offer free consultation to advise a wood selection based on the particular sound you are aiming for. Or if you already know what kinds of wood you want, I can help you determine what is available and within your desired price range.
Here is a list of a few woods I know are available, grouped roughly into some pricing categories. If cost is not an issue, virtually any material can be ordered.