Cycles Procedural Wood - Red Oak Tutorial

  • June 03, 2016
  • Blender 2.7x
  • Render: Cycles
  • Creator: sizzler
  • License: CC-BY
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Yet another wood shader, but this comes with a twist: I decided to start a blog, and this shader is the result of my very first tutorial! It's a multi-part tutorial with a lot of explanation of the details. If you'd like to learn about one way to make wood in Cycles, I invite you to check out my blog to make this shader yourself! I welcome any feedback on the tutorial, but please don't clog up blendswap with comments here...send me email via the "sizzler@" link on my website!

If you're not interested in learning then please just download this shader and use it as you wish. Otherwise I look forward to seeing more great wood shaders from the community.

As always, the material ball is from JC Levet (although I modified the scene to remove stuff that is out of camera, removed bubbles in the glass, and the subsurf indicators):


  • Astro1derboy profile picture

    Quite a thorough and systematic approach . . . which yields fantastic results. Thanks for sharing (and for the explanations on your blog)!

    Edited June 27, 2016
  • sizzler profile picture

    Thanks, Astro1derboy! Hope you learned something and I'd love to see you create a new shader using my ideas. The beauty of wood is there are so many variations and hundreds of types that you can make!

    Written June 28, 2016
  • maddes8cht profile picture

    I get an error when trying to download this blend. Not an error by Blendswap, but by Chrome. It says " Fehler - keine Datei", which would be in English: " [...] Error - no file"

    Written September 13, 2017
  • sizzler profile picture

    Hi maddes8cht, I just tried to download using Chrome and it works for me. I noticed that my filename is "" which is different from yours. Maybe something was wrong with Blendswap? Have you tried again?

    Written September 13, 2017
  • sizzler profile picture

    Someone else told me they had the same issue, so I re-uploaded the blend file. Let me know if it still doesn't work!

    Written September 25, 2017