Plugs and Bars are proud to announce the best 5 materials for plugs and tunnels. We currently sell the majority of these materials listed, and we’re constantly stocking up on the latest plug design trends and best materials for our customers. This article is designed to help users with their first choice of material for their chosen plug or tunnel, or just to cover general knowledge.

Sono Wood

Organic Sono Wood Tunnel PlugSono Wood Plugs – Organic Saddle Fit
The two plug and tunnel you see above can be purchased from our website. Organic Sono Wood Tunnel and the organic sono wooden plug
Sono Wood tends to be more expensive than other materials simply because it’s organic. These organic plugs and tunnels consist of a dark brown colours only. They’ve got a real dense and crisp texture, due to the carvings that go into various designs. Sono Woods don’t always have to come with designs, they also can be incredibly simple or plain plugs. Adding to the crisp texture, both plugs and tunnels have a incredibly glossy and smooth finish.

Sono Wood is native to south-eastern Asia such as India. It’s referred to Sonokeling, Indian Rosewood & Sonokeling. This wood is quite heavy so if you’re on a larger size i.e. 35mm + then you might want to keep that in mind. The reason Sono Wood is expensive is because the manufacturing part behind it is truly fascinating. Each product that is made from Sono Wood, is taken from the tree which needs to be 200 years old in able for it to produce a substantial cut.

Areng Ebony Wood

These plugs and tunnels tend to consist of of black colours. Black Areng Wood is also referred to as ebony. Ebony has a strong value due to it’s weight and dark timber. This wood is more commonly found in the more far-eastern parts of the world, such as Java and Indonesia. As you can see so far, Sono Wood an Areng Ebony Wood have very alike similarities. This is considered to be more expensive than Sono Wood, but not by extreme measures as they are very similar.

Areng Ebony Wood requires a little more TLC than other plugs such as Acrylic ones. This is because it’s pure wood – meaning you don’t want the wood to dry up. This is why each Areng Ebony wood is required to have more oiling on the surfaces unlike any other material, just to prevent the wood from drying out. This enables the plug to stay in the best condition that it can be.

Crocodile Wood

Moving on from the slightly darker woods, we now have a more white coloured plug/stretcher. Crocodile Wood is native to the lowlands of India and the Philippines. Crocodile Wood itself refers to crocodile teeth. The texture is not as glossy as the Sono Wood, if anything, it’s almost complete opposite. When this wood is taken from the tree, it’s more the knobbier growths that cover the trunk of tree.

Whilst this gives the impression that the plug appears to be more rough to the surface, it’s actually smooth and is easy to carve designs into. Each plug tends to be medium hardness, whilst some stretchers may have more narrow and darker stripes. Even though it’s medium hardness, it’s reputably quite light so your ears won’t be weighed down as much as the Sono Wood Plugs.

Sawo Wood

Sawo Wood appears to have more of a intense brown and almost red colour. You might have noticed that these plugs are typically sold from handmade owners. These plugs are definitely not as intense as the other woods listed above. The reason that these plugs are typically sold handmade, is because the Sawo Wood can be hand-carved to incredible detail. Therefore these plugs typically tend to be more expensive, but are definitely worth the price.


You will be able to see where Redwood gets its name from the appearance. Redwood plugs consist of a beautiful red coloured wood, which is different to Sawo Wood. They’re different in the fact that Redwood has a incredibly nice grainy texture.