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Species Description: Wood Species

Zebrawood is a tough, durable, visually striking West African wood whose heartwood base color — which can range from tan to a dull pale yellow, to a muted off-white / almost gray hue, depending on specific region and consitions of growth — is decorated by dark brown striping of varying degrees (ranging to almost black), hince its name. The striping is typically long and fairly uniform when the wood is quartersawn, but wavy and irradic when flatsawn. Sapwood is easily distinguishable (by its lack of striping, naturally) and is usually a light, pale white color.

Its coarse, open-poured texture combined with its wavy and/or interlocked grain patterns can make planing a challenge. (… as well as finishing, if filling all surface pores is requisite.) For any sort of resawing or surfacing, blades and cutting tools should be at their sharpest to minimize tearout. The wood glues well and usually possesses a pleasant, moderate to high luster, which can make for impressive finishing.

While its demand is based almost exclusively on its aesthetic appeal, Zebrawood is a strong, stiff lumber, once dry.

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Sustainability: This species is not listed in the CITES Appendices, but is classified as “Vulnerable” on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Common Uses: High-end furniture, veneer, musical instruments (in particular, guitars), skis, handles, and turned objects.

Comments: While flatsawing the lumber can yield some quite dramatic aesthetic results, quartersawn lumber provides maximum (and sometimes much needed) stability. The species is known to be difficult to dry, with pieces sometimes warping during the kiln drying process. Tiny pockets of small void areas, also, are not uncommon along the darker striped areas — especially among flatsawn boards.

Zebrawood’s trademark aesthetics have made it very popular with veneer mills around the world. However, great care is required when handling, to avoid it cracking.

The wood’s popularity keeps it in steady demand, which makes it moderately expensive in spite of a generally steady supply in the US.

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Botanical Name

Microberlinia brazzavillensis

Other Names

Zebrawood

Main Color Group

Variegated

Grain Pattern

Pronounced

Workability

Challenging

Avg Dry Weight - LB/FT3

50

Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3

805

Janka Hardness - LBF

1830

Janka Hardness - Newtons

8160

ImagePriceGradeDimensionsSKUBuyDescriptionhf:att:pa_grade
Zebrano
R347.86100 × 16 × 2 cmZEB1003
Weight 2.2 kg
Dimensions 100 × 16 × 2 cm
Grade

AB

Piece Type

Rough Edged Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Quartersawn

Lovely piece. Some surface damage one end.

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Zebrano
R370.70100 × 15.5 × 2 cmZEB1002
Weight 2.2 kg
Dimensions 100 × 15.5 × 2 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Rough Edged Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Quartersawn

Lovely piece. Some surface damage one end.

a
Zebrano
R380.7499.5 × 16 × 2 cmZEB1001
Weight 2.2 kg
Dimensions 99.5 × 16 × 2 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Rough Edged Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Quartersawn

Lovely piece. Some surface damage one end.

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