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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

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.

Species Description: Wood Species

ImagePriceGradeDimensionsSKUBuyDescriptionhf:att:pa_grade
Zebrano
$46.2748.125 × 5.125 × 0.937 inZEB1040

Pitch pockets on both faces.

ab
Zebrano
$43.6140.25 × 5.25 × 0.937 inZEB1039

Nice figure!

a
Zebrano
$47.0540.125 × 6.25 × 0.875 inZEB1038

One end tapers to .625″ thickness.

ab
Zebrano
$68.5852.125 × 6.375 × 0.875 inZEB1037
Out of stock

Beautiful board. Small pitch pocket one face.

a
Zebrano
$53.0250.125 × 5.125 × 0.937 inZEB1036

Small pitch pocket/crack one end one edge.

a
Zebrano
$40.4638.25 × 5.125 × 0.937 inZEB1035

Planer snipe one end.

a
Zebrano
$68.2460.625 × 6 × 0.937 inZEB1034

Small crack one edge with pitch pockets both faces.

ab
Zebrano
$40.1331.75 × 6.125 × 0.937 inZEB1033
Out of stock

Nice straight figure.

a
Zebrano
$57.1264.44 × 5.25 × 0.94 inZEB1024

Cracks

b
Zebrano
$32.4345.19 × 4.25 × 0.88 inZEB1023

Light cracks.

b
Zebrano
$36.6451.06 × 4.25 × 0.94 inZEB1022

Small wormholes. Light cracks.

b
Zebrano
$40.1957.13 × 3.75 × 0.94 inZEB1021
Out of stock

Light crack.

ab
Zebrano
$53.7560.31 × 4.75 × 1 inZEB1020
Out of stock

Light cracks on end.

ab
Zebrano
$43.5052.94 × 4.38 × 0.94 inZEB1019
Out of stock

Light cracks.

ab
Zebrano
$49.1743.25 × 6.06 × 0.94 inZEB1018
Out of stock

Planerskip.

ab
Zebrano
$41.4150.25 × 4.88 × 0.94 inZEB1017

Wormholes.

b
Zebrano
$56.5947.88 × 7 × 0.94 inZEB1032

Cracks.

b
Zebrano
$44.1036.63 × 7.13 × 1 inZEB1031
Out of stock

Light cracks. Small defects on face.

b
Zebrano
$39.4147.31 × 4.44 × 0.94 inZEB1030

Small wormholes.

ab
Zebrano
$31.7747.75 × 3.94 × 0.88 inZEB1029

Cracks.

b
Zebrano
$50.6067.5 × 4.44 × 0.94 inZEB1028
Out of stock

Cracks. Wormholes.

b
Zebrano
$35.9948 × 4.44 × 0.94 inZEB1027

Cracks. Planer skip. Small wormholes.

b
Zebrano
$31.9348.5 × 3.19 × 0.88 inZEB1026
Out of stock

Slight crack.

a
Zebrano
$31.4738.19 × 4.88 × 0.94 inZEB1025
Out of stock

Planerskip.

b
Fingerboard - Zebrano
$20.0021 × 3 × 0.3 inFINGERZEB1001

Quartersawn Zebrawood Fingerboard

21.0″ x 3.0″ x 0.30″ (minimum)

Manufactured with luthiers in mind, but excellent blanks for box-making and other smaller items

Photographs are representative of what you will receive

a
Bulk Pack - Zebrano
$480.00$1,200.0046 × 6 × 27 inBULKZEB1001

A grade Zebrano/Zebrawood lumber

Widths of 5″-8″

Lengths of 40″-46″ (last piece might be shorter to balance bd.ft total)

Select 20 or 50 bd.ft pack

Select Flatsawn, Quartersawn or Mixed

Select 4/4 rough sawn or 3/4 S2S

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a
Zebrano
$48.4444.187 × 5.312 × 0.75 inZEB1016
Out of stock

Nice figure.

a
Zebrano
$161.2436 × 4.5 × 4.375 inZEB1015

Cracks and checks.

b
Zebrano
$153.1635.687 × 4.312 × 4.312 inZEB1014

Cracks and checks.

b
Zebrano
$130.8939.375 × 13.125 × 1.312 inZEB1013

Cracks on both faces.

b
Zebrano
$48.4169.5 × 4.125 × 0.93 inZEB1012
Out of stock

Open Knot 1 side End Checks Worm Holes Punky area 1 side

b
Zebrano
$43.3148 × 4.75 × 1 inZEB1011
Out of stock

End Cracks Surface Checks 1 side

b
Zebrano
$51.7343 × 7.125 × 0.875 inZEB1010
Out of stock

Worm Holes End Checks Surface Checks

b
Zebrano
$47.7636.5 × 7.75 × 0.93 inZEB1009
Out of stock

Crack 1 End

b
Zebrano
$105.1461.5 × 9 × 1 inZEB1008
Out of stock

Skip planed Edge Cracks

b
Zebrano
$29.5147 × 4.25 × 0.875 inZEB1007
Out of stock

Surface Checks End Checks

b
Zebrano
$48.7652.5 × 5.5 × 0.875 inZEB1006
Out of stock

Surface Checks End Checks

b
Zebrano
$28.2638.25 × 4.375 × 0.93 inZEB1005
Out of stock

Surface Check

b
Zebrano
$49.5540.2 × 7 × 0.8 inZEB1004
Out of stock

Partially surfaced, small split one end

b
Zebrano
$37.8238.2 × 4.6 × 0.9 inZEB1003
Out of stock

Very nice

a
Zebrano
$56.9563 × 4.2 × 0.9 inZEB1002
Out of stock

Beautiful

a
Zebrano
$53.7359.7 × 4.6 × 0.9 inZEB1001
Out of stock

Nice; slight grain tear-out B-side

ab

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