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Berlinia

Berlinia spp.
Also known as |
Ebiara|Poculi|Red Zebrawood
Berlinia Lumber @ Rare Woods USA

Known in the US, primarily as either “Ebiara” or, its nickname, “Red Zebrawood,” Berlinia’s heartwood can range anywhere from a pale yellow to a (more typical) muted reddish-brown. Darker colored stripes in patterns (which can be symmetrical or irregular) are how the comparisons to Zebrano are drawn, although they are related: each of their respective genera are part of the Detarieae tribe, in the subfamily, Caesalpinioideae.

Grains are general straight or interlocked. Although its texture is medium to coarse, it has a high degree of natural luster and can display figure and chatoyance. It works well — cutting, turning, gluing and finishing smoothly — although tear-out with interlocked grains is not uncommon.

This species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, although several other Berlinia species in Africa (not exported to the US) are said to be either endangered or vulnerable.

Why We Love This Wood

Although Berlinia's introduction to the US exotic woods market was a rather recent one, it has quickly proven to be an interesting, unique lumber. It works easy, and has aesthetic appeal. For a species in a moderate price range, this somewhat obscure West African wood should continue to further gravitate into the industry limelight, as luthiers, furniture craftsmen and woodturners, alike, become better acquainted with it.

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    Main Color GroupMedium Brown
    Grain Pattern Pronounced
    Avg Dry Weight - LB/BF3.8
    Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3725
    Janka Hardness - LBF1280
    Janka Hardness - N5690
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    4/4 Lumber
    Select & better
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    Berlinia
    BERL1023
    0.81" x 5.94" x 57.31"

    Skip planed. Checks.

    $56.13

    Berlinia
    BERL1023
    0.81" x 5.94" x 57.31"

    $56.13

    Berlinia
    0.81" x 5.94" x 57.31"
    BERL1023

    $56.13

    Berlinia
    BERL1022
    1" x 7.63" x 55.75"

    Checks. Skip planed. Small knots.

    $70.13

    Berlinia
    BERL1022
    1" x 7.63" x 55.75"

    $70.13

    Berlinia
    1" x 7.63" x 55.75"
    BERL1022

    $70.13

    Berlinia
    BERL1020
    1" x 8.5" x 52.75"

    Skip planed. Small knots.

    $81.32

    Berlinia
    BERL1020
    1" x 8.5" x 52.75"

    $81.32

    Berlinia
    1" x 8.5" x 52.75"
    BERL1020

    $81.32

    Berlinia
    BERL1019
    1" x 7.69" x 51.69"

    Defect on edge. Checks. Skip planed. Crack.

    $58.98

    Berlinia
    BERL1019
    1" x 7.69" x 51.69"

    $58.98

    Berlinia
    1" x 7.69" x 51.69"
    BERL1019

    $58.98

    Berlinia
    BERL1018
    0.81" x 6" x 50.44"

    Clear.

    $54.89

    Berlinia
    BERL1018
    0.81" x 6" x 50.44"

    $54.89

    Berlinia
    0.81" x 6" x 50.44"
    BERL1018

    $54.89

    20 BF – Berlinia
    PROJBERL1001
    1" x 4" x 48"

    20 BF Berlinia project pack.

    Note: The Berlinia we currently have available is well represented by the image above. It does not have the uniforn red-zebra striping found in certain species of the Berlinia genus.

    Lengths: 48″-92″ (last piece might be shorter to balance bd.ft total)
    Widths: 4″ and wider
    Thickness: 4/4 nominal

    We S2S by default – surfaced thickness will be up to 1/4″ less than nominal thickness. (image is of S2S boards)
    You can choose to get the lumber in the rough by selecting Machining = none and get an additional $20 off.

    Note:
    Lead time is 3 working days.
    Ships free via UPS/USPS.

    $400.00

    20 BF – Berlinia
    PROJBERL1001
    1" x 4" x 48"

    $400.00

    20 BF – Berlinia
    1" x 4" x 48"
    PROJBERL1001

    $400.00

    Berlinia
    BERL1015
    1" x 8.5" x 55.81"

    Nice board

    $97.22

    Berlinia
    BERL1015
    1" x 8.5" x 55.81"

    $97.22

    Berlinia
    1" x 8.5" x 55.81"
    BERL1015

    $97.22

    Berlinia
    BERL1014
    1.06" x 7.13" x 52.63"

    Checks, Knots

    $69.91

    Berlinia
    BERL1014
    1.06" x 7.13" x 52.63"

    $69.91

    Berlinia
    1.06" x 7.13" x 52.63"
    BERL1014

    $69.91

    Berlinia
    BERL1013
    1.06" x 7.06" x 55.5"

    Nice board

    $80.30

    Berlinia
    BERL1013
    1.06" x 7.06" x 55.5"

    $80.30

    Berlinia
    1.06" x 7.06" x 55.5"
    BERL1013

    $80.30

    Berlinia
    BERL1012
    1.06" x 8.63" x 56"

    Checks

    $99.04

    Berlinia
    BERL1012
    1.06" x 8.63" x 56"

    $99.04

    Berlinia
    1.06" x 8.63" x 56"
    BERL1012

    $99.04

    Berlinia
    BERL1009
    1.06" x 9.31" x 44.6"

    Nice board

    $85.10

    Berlinia
    BERL1009
    1.06" x 9.31" x 44.6"

    $85.10

    Berlinia
    1.06" x 9.31" x 44.6"
    BERL1009

    $85.10

    Berlinia
    BERL1008
    0.875" x 14.062" x 48.062"

    Small crack on one edge.

    $122.58

    Berlinia
    BERL1008
    0.875" x 14.062" x 48.062"

    $122.58

    Berlinia
    0.875" x 14.062" x 48.062"
    BERL1008

    $122.58

    Berlinia
    BERL1007
    0.875" x 14.062" x 59.875"

    Crack on one end.

    $152.70

    Berlinia
    BERL1007
    0.875" x 14.062" x 59.875"

    $152.70

    Berlinia
    0.875" x 14.062" x 59.875"
    BERL1007

    $152.70

    Berlinia
    BERL1006
    1" x 7.75" x 53.875"

    Small hole on one face.

    $75.73

    Berlinia
    BERL1006
    1" x 7.75" x 53.875"

    $75.73

    Berlinia
    1" x 7.75" x 53.875"
    BERL1006

    $75.73

    Berlinia

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    This South American species is closely related to the domestic Osage Orange. 

    The lumber it yields is typically a bit cleaner with less defects. 

    It is pretty hard and dense making it tough on tools, but it turns and finishes well.

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    Tamarind - Spalted

    Spalted Tamarind comes from South East Asia.   The decay/spalting gives the wood awesome spiderweb type patterns that add character and excitement to its appearance.  The spalting is most prevalent in the sapwood which is prone to attack from bugs and fungus which cause it.

    It is moderately difficult to work, but turns and finishes well.  Sometimes the rot is more endemic than is obvious from looking at the surface of the lumber result in some wastage (lost pieces).

    Take care to use good dust collection and a dust mask, as the fungal spores add more to the air than dust alone.

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    Chakte Viga

    This vibrant Central American wood can features primary colors ranging from orange to golden brown (with gold, red and sometimes even green accent coloration). It is thought to be the closest relative to Brazilwood (famous for its use in stringed-instrument bows), and Chakte Viga shares many of the same acoustic properties. Grains are straight, but sometimes interlocked — otherwise, this wood works easily, and finishes well. It has a fine texture and excellent natural luster. Sap is a pale off-white to pale yellow.

    Chakte Viga is a wood that has been starting to emerge from relative obscurity over the last decade or so, being one of the lesser-known and -demanded woods from the tropical Central America region. We feel it has a huge untapped potential as a guitar tonewood, as well as in fine furniture production in the US. The wood has some very subtle aesthetics, sometimes exhibiting a 3D-like shimmering chatoyance after being finished with clear lacquer.

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    Longhi

    Longhi is an African wood with similar working properties to its more well-known cousin, Anegre. Its color varies from a greyish-white to beige to pinkish-brown color, which slightly darkens with age and UV-ray exposure. Its generally light appearance makes sapwood difficult to distinguish. Its grains are typical straight (though occasionally interlocked) and its texture ranges between fine and medium-fine. It can sometimes possess mottled or subtle tiger-striped figuring.

    The wood must be carefully dried, as it is susceptible to fungus. It is considered to be moderately durable, and moderately stable. Longhi has a solid strength-to-weight ratio, which makes it a popular choice for flooring and decking.

    Common Uses:
    cabinetry, decking, flooring, furniture
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    Heartwood can vary from pale yellow to a light, muted reddish brown; sapwood is grayish-white. There are many species of Birch, worldwide; it is one of the most popular woods, ironically, for both veneer and utility applications. Figured pieces are the more desirable for veneer, with wide, dramatic curly figuring (similar to Cherry) decorating the surface.

    American Birch works easily — it turns, glues and finishes well — although most boards have very little natural luster. It’s a versatile wood that can be used for a number of different applications, but it needs to be protected, as the wood will decay when exposed to the elements. (… and if left unprotected will rot.)

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    Red Alder is usually sold in two different grades: knotty, and clear. Clear grades are most desired by cabinet and furniture crafters. Many such tradesmen compare the wood’s cooperative disposition to that of Black Cherry.

    Although technically a hardwood, care must be taken with Alder until finished as its surface can be rather soft (thus, denting easily). The wood is decidedly non-durable, so confining its use to indoor applications and treating the wood with some type of hardening finish (such as lacquer) is recommended.

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