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Marblewood Marmaroxylon racemosum
COARSE BUT LINED HARDWOOD
Marblewood, which is sometimes known as serpentwood, combines the patterning of zebrawood (Microberlinia brazzavillensis) with the color and coarse texture of English oak (Quercus robur). It even has some of oak's medullary rays, but not the shimmering flame. We have seen a warning to beware of the dust when working marblewood, but this is a good general rule, whatever the wood. It is not an easy lumber to work, with interlocking grain and a coarse texture that combine to challenge the woodworker, but it polishes to a high luster. It is perhaps best surfaced by sanding.

KEY CHARACTERISTICS

Type Tropical hardwood
Other names Serpentwood, angelim rojada, angelin rojada Sources South America
Color Golden honey-brown interspersed with thinner dark brown, black or purple lines that meander across all the faces.
Texture Coarse and fairly uniform
Grain Straight, but also interlocking
Hardness Hard
Weight Heavy (c. 53 lb./cu. ft.) (850 kg/cu. m)

AVAILABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY
Marblewood is rare and not easy to find, but neither is it terribly expensive. You may find certified supplies, as it is a lesser-known species that has not been exploited.


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