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Boxwood

Buxus macowanii
Also known as |
African Boxwood|Boxwood
Boxwood Lumber @ Rare Woods USA

While the term “boxwood” has become quite convoluted over time, this species, Buxus macowanii, is considered a close cousin to ‘the original boxwood.’ (Buxus sempervirens). It’s pale, creamy yellowish hues make it popular with wood turners and especially carvers, as Boxwood is renowned for its capacity to hold crisp, fine details and it has a smooth, very fine texture.

Trees rarely make it much passed 20 feet in height and trunk diameters max out at only 6 inches in diameter. Not surprisingly, this limits its supply to primarily small, craft-sized pieces. The very small logs (if you can even call them that) it produces are often cracked, due to its tough, dense nature. Beware of other species, similar in color and density, being sold as boxwood.

The Boxwood that we carry has been carefully air dried over many years and originates from South Africa.

Not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Why We Love This Wood

The tight grain and high density of this species allow carvers to create the most intricate details in their work. The silky smooth finish achievable makes that detail simply gorgeous to look at!

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    Vital Statistics
    Main Color GroupYellow / White
    Grain Pattern Even
    Avg Dry Weight - LB/BF5.1
    Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3975
    Janka Hardness - LBF2840
    Janka Hardness - N12610
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    Boxwood-Standard-4/4Live-edgedboards
    4/4 Live-edged boards
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    10
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    Boxwood-Standard-6/4Live-edgedboards

    6/4 Live-edged boards

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    11
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    no
    Boxwood-Standard-8/4Live-edgedboards

    8/4 Live-edged boards

    Standard
    lb
    12
    lb
    no

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    Boxwood

    Light checks. Light knot.

    BOX1283
    54 × 5.25 × 1 in

    Light checks. Light knot.

    $141.03

    Boxwood

    Light checks. Light knot.

    BOX1283
    54 × 5.25 × 1 in

    $141.03

    Boxwood
    BOX1283
    54 × 5.25 × 1 in

    $141.03

    Boxwood

    Checks.

    BOX1282
    47.5 × 4 × 1 in

    Checks.

    $107.18

    Boxwood

    Checks.

    BOX1282
    47.5 × 4 × 1 in

    $107.18

    Boxwood
    BOX1282
    47.5 × 4 × 1 in

    $107.18

    Boxwood

    Light knots.

    BOX1281
    53.5 × 4 × 1 in

    Light knots.

    $91.67

    Boxwood

    Light knots.

    BOX1281
    53.5 × 4 × 1 in

    $91.67

    Boxwood
    BOX1281
    53.5 × 4 × 1 in

    $91.67

    Boxwood

    Pith rot.

    BOX1267
    34.5 × 6 × 2 in

    Pith rot.

    $174.47

    Boxwood

    Pith rot.

    BOX1267
    34.5 × 6 × 2 in

    $174.47

    Boxwood
    BOX1267
    34.5 × 6 × 2 in

    $174.47

    Boxwood

    Small knots.

    BOX1276
    56.25 × 3.75 × 1 in

    Small knots.

    $120.00

    Boxwood

    Small knots.

    BOX1276
    56.25 × 3.75 × 1 in

    $120.00

    Boxwood
    BOX1276
    56.25 × 3.75 × 1 in

    $120.00

    Boxwood

    Light surface check.

    BOX1274
    46.25 × 3.13 × 1 in

    Light surface check.

    $76.93

    Boxwood

    Light surface check.

    BOX1274
    46.25 × 3.13 × 1 in

    $76.93

    Boxwood
    BOX1274
    46.25 × 3.13 × 1 in

    $76.93

    Boxwood
    Knot
    BOX1253
    32 × 4 × 1.13 in

    Knot

    $58.98

    Boxwood
    Knot
    BOX1253
    32 × 4 × 1.13 in

    $58.98

    Boxwood
    BOX1253
    32 × 4 × 1.13 in

    $58.98

    Boxwood
    Knot. Checks.
    BOX1198
    27 × 5 × 1.56 in

    Knot. Checks.

    $106.16

    Boxwood
    Knot. Checks.
    BOX1198
    27 × 5 × 1.56 in

    $106.16

    Boxwood
    BOX1198
    27 × 5 × 1.56 in

    $106.16

    Boxwood
    Pith streak. Checks. Width varies 8.5'' to 5.5''.
    BOX1155
    36.44 × 6.25 × 1 in

    Pith streak. Checks. Width varies 8.5” to 5.5”.

    $117.95

    Boxwood
    Pith streak. Checks. Width varies 8.5'' to 5.5''.
    BOX1155
    36.44 × 6.25 × 1 in

    $117.95

    Boxwood
    BOX1155
    36.44 × 6.25 × 1 in

    $117.95

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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.

    Common Uses:
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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.

    Common Uses:
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    Chakte Viga

    This vibrant Central America 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.

    Common Uses:
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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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    Birch - Yellow

    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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    Alder

    Considered to be the most abundant hardwood in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States, Red Alder has long been used in the region for furniture and cabinetry production — as well as being a popular choice for electric guitar bodies dating back to when the instrument first went into mass production, in the 1950’s. Ranging in color from a light tan to reddish brown, Alder has a soft, lightweight stature — which makes the wood very easy to work, and it finishes and glues well.

    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.

    Common Uses:
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