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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
Pen Blanks - Zebrano
R46.0013 × 2 × 2 cmPENZEB1001
Weight 0.08 kg
Dimensions 13 × 2 × 2 cm
Botanical Name

Microberlinia brazzavillensis

Grade

AAA

Piece Type

Pen Blank

Figure

Various

Title Range Discount
Bulk Blanks 5 - 9 5%
Bulk Blanks 10 - 19 10%
Bulk Blanks 20 + 20%

Zebrano Pen Blanks
Price is for one blank
Discounts may apply if you take five or more
Blanks will be minimum 13x2x2

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Zebrano
R1,253.32171 × 33 × 2.4 cmZEB1010
Weight 11.2 kg
Dimensions 171 × 33 × 2.4 cm
Grade

B

Piece Type

Live Edged Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Slight cupping in the board. Little bit of rot and a crack one end. Still 75% usable.

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Zebrano
R1,090.76170 × 26 × 2.4 cmZEB1009
Weight 8.6 kg
Dimensions 170 × 26 × 2.4 cm
Grade

AB

Piece Type

Live Edged Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Nice board. Couple of minor defects.

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Zebrano
R1,368.14168 × 33 × 2.4 cmZEB1007
Weight 10.8 kg
Dimensions 168 × 33 × 2.4 cm
Grade

AB

Piece Type

Live Edged Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Pretty figure. Skip planed. Some damage to sapwood.

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Zebrano
R1,129.27176 × 26 × 2.4 cmZEB1006
Weight 9.2 kg
Dimensions 176 × 26 × 2.4 cm
Grade

AB

Piece Type

Live Edged Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Pretty figure. Skip planed.

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Zebrano
R876.85188 × 21 × 2.4 cmZEB1005
Weight 6.8 kg
Dimensions 188 × 21 × 2.4 cm
Grade

B

Piece Type

Live Edged Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Quartersawn

Some worm holes in sap. 40cm crack one end in sap – should be visible in photo

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Zebrano
R639.65180 × 16 × 2.4 cmZEB1004
Weight 5 kg
Dimensions 180 × 16 × 2.4 cm
Grade

B

Piece Type

Live Edged Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Quartersawn

Quite Sappy. Sap contains some worm wholes.

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