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Chakte Viga

Caesalpinia platyloba
Also known as |
Paela | Aripin

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.

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

Why We Love This Wood

We love the gorgeous, vibrant color!

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    Main Color GroupReddish Brown
    Grain Pattern Even
    Avg Dry Weight - LB/BF4.8
    Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3935
    Janka Hardness - LBF2250
    Janka Hardness - N10010
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