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Exotic Hardwood: Brazilian Tigerwood

Posted: Friday, July 8, 2011

Exotic Hardwoods Brazilian TigerwoodBrazilian Tigerwood, which is actually also grown in Guatemala, Bolivia, Mexico, and Peru, as well as Brazil, is a great choice for outside projects where you would like to have the wood shine. Many people use Brazilian Tigerwood as a way to show off a deck, winding pathway, or important yard display. It can also be used inside wherever you want its unique look to be displayed. Brazilian Tigerwood will resist rot and decay, which is what makes it a great wood to use outdoors.

The color of Brazilian Tigerwood is an orange/reddish brown background with wide, dark brown/black striping; you can compare this coloring to the striping found in vanilla fudge ice cream. This striping is unique to each tree, and can range from fine lines to bold brush strokes. In direct sunlight, however, you will see a color change in the darkening of the background; it will turn from an orange color to a deep, reddish-brown color. This may be less desirable for some consumers, as the striping will then be less noticeable.

The sapwood of Brazilian Tigerwood will take on a blond color, but the heartwood is a deep brown. The sapwood is also more permeable, and therefore will need to be sealed. It is also resistant to sealing, so you will need to make an effort to seal the sapwood more often. Heartwood also needs to be sealed to prevent discoloration.

Brazilian Tigerwood has a hardness rating of 2160 on the Janka scale, which makes it harder than Red Oak at 1260, but not as hard as Brazilian Cherry (2820). This makes it a good choice for areas that will be walked on frequently. As this is a hardwood, it is easy to use hand and machine tools when working with this wood. You can cut and make changes to Brazilian Tigerwood as needed.

If you are using this wood for woodworking purposes, it will not dull your woodworking tools. Brazilian Tigerwood may also be known as zebrawood, Brazilian koa, or Tigerwood. It can also be used for moldings, decorative pieces, furniture, and anywhere else you wish to display its unique striping.