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Lemonwood Calycophyllum candidissimum
OLIVE HARDWOOD WITH A TOUCH OF BOX
Lemonwood is a delight to use, being hard but straightgrained, and though the grain pattern is not particularly distinctive, the color is subtle, ranging from tan and yellow to olive. It has some of the feel of European boxwood (Buxus sempervirens), but with straighter grain and less variation. It is also a bit darker. Lemonwood is stable and seasons well, and is both strong and good for bending, but it is not durable. It is similar to jelutong (Dyera costulata), but with more character, so is popular with carvers. It is easier to work than boxwood because it does not have as many defects and knots.

KEY CHARACTERISTICS
Type Tropical hardwood
Other names Degame Sources Central and South America, and Cuba
Color Tan to olive, with pale sapwood
Texture Fine and even
Grain Fairly straight
Hardness Hard
Weight Heavy (51 lb./cm ft.) (820 kg/cu. m)

AVAILABILITY AND SLISTAINABILITY
Not listed as endangered but not widely available. However, Lmonwood is not a favored lumber so it should be inexpensive.



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