Zebrawood

COLOR / GRAIN VARIATION

Very High

HARDNESS

zebrawood hardness scale

 

COLOR

Typical : Light Brown
New Color : Tight stripes of espresso on a golden tone background
Aged Color : No Significant Change

SPECIES BACKGROUND

Zebrawood trees can grow to heights of 150 feet, with trunk diameters reaching four to five feet. The trees are difficult to harvest due to their large size and the fact that they’re often located in fairly inaccessible areas of Africa. The most common species available are from West Africa. They are an equatorial tree of medium to large size, gregarious, commonly growing in pure strands along riverbanks.

WHERE IT GROWS

Western Africa – mainly Cameroon and Gabon

RELATIVE ABUNDANCE

NA

AVAILABILITY

Fair

ORIGIN

West Africa

DESCRIPTION

A heavy hardwood with a somewhat coarse texture, with the typical so-called zebra stripes, often with an interlocked or wavy grain. The heartwood is a pale golden yellow, distinct from the very pale color of the sapwood and features narrow streaks of dark brown to black. Zebrawood can also be a pale brown with regular or irregular marks of dark brown in varying widths. It is almost always quartersawn to get the exciting alternating colour pattern and a straight grain. It is a true exotic wood, with limited availability and relatively high prices.

DID YOU KNOW ?

Zebrawood has a very unique (translated: AWFUL) smell when originally cut or planed. The smell disappears once the wood is dried or finished.