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Tigerwood Astronium fraxinifolium

FIGURING REMINISCENT OF THE WILD
A. fraxinifolium is known as zebrawood in the U.K., but the U.S. name tigerwood is a more accurate description of the figuring. The vague lines of dark and light honey-colored brown are interrupted by irregular black lines and spots, making this species difficult to use if you want a particular effect. The heavy lumber has a closer texture than many tropical hardwoods, and is favored for fine cabinetmaking and as a veneer for paneling. However, the grain is irregular and of varying consistency. Quartersawn and crown-cut sides look very similar.

KEY CHARACTERISTICS
Type Tropical hardwood
Other names Oongalo alves, zebrawood (U.K.)
Similar species Jobillo (A. graveolens), A. balansae Alternatives Cocobolo (Dalbergia retusa), zebrawood (Microberlinia brazzavillens1s), bell (Paraberlinia bifoliolata)
Sources Brazil
Color Medium brown with black streaks
Texture Medium
Grain Often interlocking
Hardness Hard
Weight Heavy (59 lb./cu. ft.) (940 kg/cu. m)
Strength Strong
Seasoning and stability Moves very little once seasoned, but tends to distort while drying, which needs to be slow.
Wastage Could be high because of distortion during seasoning and if you are aiming to find specific effects. Range of board widths Unlikely to be wide
Range of board thicknesses Often limited Durability Highly durable

AVAILABILITY AND COST
Tigerwood can be bought at a fraction of the cost of many rosewoods, but it is not readily available.




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