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Tigerwood

Sapwood is very light, while heartwood is a mix of deep red and brown, often with dark streaks and colourations similar to Rosewood. Colour deepens with exposure and age and has a natural luster. Texture is medium and uniform with interlocked grain.

Thicknesses

Subject to availability

4/4
5/4
6/4
7/4
8/4
9/4
10/4
12/4
16/4
20/4
1/2"
3/4"
1"

Distribution

From Mexico southward to Brazil

Scientific Name

Astronium graveolens (syn. A. fraxinifolium)

Specific Gravity: Basic

0.8

Specific Gravity: 12% MC

0.91

Janka Hardness

2170

Colour/Appearance

Heartwood is typically a medium reddish brown with irregularly spaced streaks of dark brown to black. Colour tends to darken with age.

Grain/Texture

Grain can be straight, but is usually wavy or interlocked. Fine, uniform texture with good natural luster.

Endgrain

Diffuse-porous; medium pores in no specific arrangement; solitary and radial multiples of 2-3; tyloses and other heartwood deposits common; growth rings indistinct; rays visible without lens; parenchyma vasicentric.

Rot Resistance

Goncalo Alves has excellent weathering properties, and is rated as very durable regarding decay resistance.

Workability

Goncalo Alves is generally not too difficult to work, despite its high density. Figured pieces with irregular grain can pose a challenge in planing and machining operations. Goncalo Alves can also have a moderate blunting effect on cutters. The wood is very resistant to moisture absorption, which can make it difficult to glue. Goncalo Alves turns and finishes well.

Odor

No characteristic odor.

Allergies/Toxicity

Although severe reactions are quite uncommon, Goncalo Alves has been reported as a sensitizer. Usually most common reactions simply include eye and skin irritation.

Pricing/Availability

Widely available in a variety of widths and lengths as both lumber and veneer, as well as smaller craft 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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