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Beli Paraberlinia bifoliolata
ZEBRA STRIPES WITH A SHOCK
With straight, alternating dark and light brown lines on quartersawn cuts, beli is easily confused with zebrawood (Microberlinia brazzavillensis). In fact, beli is often sold as a substitute for zebrawood, not because it is much cheaper but for its slightly better availability. The color isn't consistent and the darker lines are jagged on crowncut sides as if they have been given a sharp electric shock. Up close the surface looks slightly pixellated, which makes it shimmer, and you may find occasional gum pockets. The best samples are used for veneer. A figured version can be found with ribbon-figure grain patterning. A very interesting wood.

KEY CHARACTERISTICS

Type Tropical hardwood
Other names Julbemadia pellegriniana
Sources West Africa
Color Striped light and dark brown, darkening toward the heart
Texture Medium to coarse
Grain Looks straight, but much is interlocking
Hardness Medium
Weight Heavy (50 lb./cu. ft.) (800 kg/cu. m)

AVAILABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY
Beli is not listed as vulnerable, and is the sort of species that ought to be available from a certified source. However, it is not widely available. When you do find it, it is not expensive.




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