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Canarywood

Common Name(s): Canarywood, Canary. Some pieces of Canarywood can be almost rainbow coloured—with dark red streaks, along with the natural orange, yellow, and brown colouration.


Canarywood is said to have good acoustic properties, and is sometimes used for speaker enclosures and entertainment system cabinets.

Thicknesses

Tree Size: 65-100 ft (20-30 m) tall, 2-3 ft (.6-1.0 m) trunk diameter

Distribution

South America (from Panama down to southern Brazil)

Scientific Name

Centrolobium spp.

Specific Gravity: Basic 

0.65

Specific Gravity: 12% MC

0.83

Janka Hardness

1,520 lbf (6,750 N)

Colour/Appearance

Heartwood colour can vary a fair amount, from a pale yellow-orange to a darker reddish brown, usually with darker streaks throughout. Pale yellow sapwood is sharply demarcated from heartwood. Colour tends to darken and homogenize with age.

Grain/Texture

Grain is typically straight, but can be irregular or wild on some pieces. Uniform fine to medium texture with good natural luster.

Endgrain

Diffuse-porous; large pores in no specific arrangement, few; solitary and radial multiples of 2-3; mineral/gum deposits occasionally present; growth rings indistinct; rays not visible without lens; parenchyma varies depending on species: can be vasicentric, aliform, and confluent.

Rot Resistance

Rated as very durable in regard to decay resistance, as well as being resistant to termite and marine borer attack.

Workability

Easy to work with both hand and machine tools, though some tearout can occur during planing on pieces with wild or irregular grain. Good dimensional stability. Turns, glues and finishes well.

Odor

Canarywood has a distinct scent when being worked.

Allergies/Toxicity

Besides the standard health risks associated with any type of wood dust, no further health reactions have been associated with Canarywood. See the articles Wood Allergies and Toxicity and Wood Dust Safety for more information.

Pricing/Availability

Generally available in good sizes of lumber, and occasionally also offered as turning blanks. Prices should be moderate for an imported hardwood.

Sustainability

This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
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