Originally Posted by chorse123
Any difference aside from aesthetics between the maple, chestnut, bark chestnut, hickory, and bark ash on Brigg umbrellas? Do they wear differently? I'm sick of cheap disposables, and as it looks like it's going to rain for the next six months, I think it's about time to step up and get a real umbrella.
I have a SAB in Hickory, and it has a lot of grain contrast and darkening due to differential heating while bending. The top of the round is significantly lighter than the nob end and the start of the bend, with the inside curve being the darkest. It's a pleasing effect. I had hoped that the handle would darken or lighten with use or age, but a deep patina is unlikely to develop due to the lacquer.
I chose hickory based on its desity and strength in addition to its looks. It isn't a chocolate swirl walnut but it is instantly recongnizable as a nice chunk of wood, rather than a varnished piece of pine or whatever.
As far as value goes, look at classicluggage. I am not thrilled with my SAB, for the money. A $250 umbrella should be perfect.