Black Poisonwood, Caribbean Rosewood, Che Chen
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|Avg Dry Weight - LB/FT3||
|Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3||
|Janka Hardness - LBF||
|Janka Hardness - Newtons||
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.
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.
|$18.74||AB||28.25 × 4.31 × 0.94 in||CHECH1026|| |
Wormholes. Beautiful chatoyance.
|$18.68||AB||28.56 × 4.25 × 0.94 in||CHECH1025|| |
|$19.21||AB||29.38 × 4.25 × 0.94 in||CHECH1024|| |
|$19.75||A||28.25 × 4.13 × 1 in||CHECH1023|| |
Small defect one face.
|$38.26||A||56.5 × 4 × 0.94 in||CHECH1022|| |
|$35.59||AB||56 × 4.13 × 0.88 in||CHECH1021|| |
Small holes one side.
|$13.00 – $23.00||A||24 × 2 × 2 in||TURNCHECH1001|| |
Our Chechen turning squares come in range of sizes and are excellent quality lumber.
The sizes are all rough-guides, but are basically accurate.
If you have very strict size criteria, please just drop us an email to confirm they will meet your expectations.
The photographs are representative of the stock you will receive. You won’t typically received surfaced blanks, but we surface a few on the photographs to give you an idea of what the lumber looks like.
|$68.89||AB||59.687 × 7.5 × 0.875 in||CHECH1020|| |
Small cracks one end.
|$75.37||A||60.375 × 7.375 × 0.875 in||CHECH1019|| |
|$84.61||A||57.125 × 8.75 × 0.875 in||CHECH1018|| |
|$91.27||AB||65.9 × 9 × 0.875 in||CHECH1017|| |
Gouge on one edge.
|$33.71||B||48.687 × 5 × 0.75 in||CHECH1016|| |
Large crack one end with small worm holes one face.
|$25.99||A||36.125 × 4.25 × 0.875 in||CHECH1015|| |
|$36.07||A||50.9 × 4.187 × 0.875 in||CHECH1014|| |
Clear two face.
|$35.12||A||48.812 × 4.25 × 0.875 in||CHECH1013|| |
|$58.92||AAA||74 × 4.312 × 0.875 in||CHECH1012|| |
|$53.10||A||72.75 × 4.312 × 0.875 in||CHECH1011|| |
Checking one end. Unique figure!
|$88.19||A||73.125 × 7.125 × 0.875 in||CHECH1010|| |
Crack on one end of board.
|$93.63||A||73.75 × 7.5 × 0.875 in||CHECH1009|| |
Stunning grain pattern.
|$42.56||A||49.062 × 5.125 × 0.75 in||CHECH1008|| |
Clear two face, slight twist to board.
|$39.04||AB||49.5 × 5.125 × 0.875 in||CHECH1007|| |
Cracks and checking on one end.
|$34.19||B||49.375 × 5 × 0.875 in||CHECH1006|| |
Crack one end with small pits and some sapwood.
|$34.83||A||49.875 × 4.125 × 0.75 in||CHECH1005|| |
Clear two face, slight twist to board.
|$24.90||A||49.3 × 4.1 × 0.8 in||CHECH1004|| |
|$37.04||A||49.3 × 6.1 × 0.8 in||CHECH1003|| |
some curled figure
|$39.63||A||49.5 × 6.5 × 0.8 in||CHECH1002|| |
|$45.92||A||52.5 × 7.1 × 0.8 in||CHECH1001|| |
Although we don't have any listed pieces for this species available in our online store, add this species to your Quote Request and we'll get back to you with availability in our warehouse.