Just about every type of exotic and domestic wood can be crafted into a wood urn. The most common types use pine, cherry, poplar, oak, maple, and walnut. However, those leaning toward the more exotic choose paduk, zebrawood, mahogany, and yellowheart. While they can be left natural or coated with a clear varnish for sheen, many are stained then adorned with laser etchings, appliques and inlays. Wood urns are typically used for home or cemetery columbarium placement.