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Brazilwood Caesalpinia echinata
LUSTROUS HARDWOOD WITH GREAT COLOR
This is a beautiful wood, known by many names around the world. Do not expect the orange color to last; as with many species the initial hue darkens with age.
Brazilwood can be smoothed to a fantastic finish with a high luster, but it can be awkward to work, mainly because it can dull the edges of tools. It is too hard to nail easily, but unlike some oilier species it glues well.

KEY CHARACTERISTICS

Type Tropical hardwood
Other names Guilandina echinata, para wood, Bahia wood, pau Brazil, fernambuco wood, Brazlletto, pan ferro (which is also used as a name for jacaranda came [Machaerium villosum] and for Mexican brown ebony [Libidibia sclerocarpa])
Related species Partridgewood, Maracaibo ebony, granadillo (all C. granadillo)
Sources Brazil
Color Reddish brown, with dark lines and contrasting pale sapwood. The wood is initially a strong orange color, but darkens with time. There are often some knots. Texture Fine to medium, and even
Grain Generally straight, but occasionally interlocking
Hardness Hard, with a high luster
Weight Very heavy (80 lb./cu. ft.) (1280 kg/cu. m)

AVAILABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY

Though it is still available, Brazilwood has been listed by IUCN as endangered by exploitation, and supplies should be checked for sustainability. We have found no certified lumber.



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