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Botanical Name

Metopium brownei

Other Names

Black Poisonwood, Caribbean Rosewood, Che Chen

Main Color Group

Medium Brown

Grain Pattern

Pronounced

Workability

Medium

Avg Dry Weight - LB/FT3

62

Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3

990

Janka Hardness - LBF

2250

Janka Hardness - Newtons

10010

Although not a true Dalbergia rosewood, this beautiful, quite versatile wood holds many similarities. Chechen can be visually stunning — with green, red, orange and gold hues (and brown & black lines) adorning its luxurious medium-brown bases, and occasional figuring which can range from subtle to quite dramatic. The wood has become increasingly more popular with veneer manufacturers, furniture craftsmen and guitar luthiers over the course of the last two decades, as it is a very durable, easy-to-work and -finish wood that is moderately priced for an exotic import.

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Sustainability: This species is not currently listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Common Uses: Veneer, furniture, cabinetry, flooring, musical instruments, turned objects, and small specialty wood items.

Comments: Chechen has endured a stigma which is actually a commonly held fallacy — one powerful enough to generate its nickname, “Black Poisonwood” — that working with this wood is dangerous. While some have claimed to have adverse reactions from working with it, those who work with it on a regular basis state that the opposite is true. It is the harvested tree’s bark which is poisonous to the touch (essentially, in the same way as Poison Ivy); once the lumber has been processed, there are no harmful effects from handling the resawn boards.

Aesthetic qualities, as well as weight and density, can vary greatly, depending on the specific environmental conditions of its growth.

Species Description: Wood Species

ImagePriceGradeDimensionsSKUBuyDescriptionprice_hsort
Chechen
$58.9274 x 4.312 x 0.875 inCHECH1012

Beautiful figure.

58.92
Chechen
$53.1072.75 x 4.312 x 0.875 inCHECH1011

Checking one end. Unique figure!

53.1
Chechen
$88.1973.125 x 7.125 x 0.875 inCHECH1010

Crack on one end of board.

88.19
Chechen
$93.6373.75 x 7.5 x 0.875 inCHECH1009

Stunning grain pattern.

93.63
Chechen
$42.5649.062 x 5.125 x 0.75 inCHECH1008

Clear two face, slight twist to board.

42.56
Chechen
$39.0449.5 x 5.125 x 0.875 inCHECH1007
Out of stock

Cracks and checking on one end.

39.04
Chechen
$34.1949.375 x 5 x 0.875 inCHECH1006

Crack one end with small pits and some sapwood.

34.19
Chechen
$34.8349.875 x 4.125 x 0.75 inCHECH1005

Clear two face, slight twist to board.

34.83
Chechen
$24.9049.3 x 4.1 x 0.8 inCHECH1004
Out of stock

consistent color

24.9
Chechen
$37.0449.3 x 6.1 x 0.8 inCHECH1003
Out of stock

some curled figure

37.04
Chechen
$39.6349.5 x 6.5 x 0.8 inCHECH1002
Out of stock

very nice

39.63
Chechen
$45.9252.5 x 7.1 x 0.8 inCHECH1001
Out of stock

beautiful

45.92

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