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Chechen

Metopium brownei
Also known as |
Black Poisonwood|Caribbean Rosewood|Che Chen
Chechen Lumber @ Rare Woods USA

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.

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

Why We Love This Wood

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.

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    Vital Statistics
    Main Color GroupMedium Brown
    Grain Pattern Pronounced
    Avg Dry Weight - LB/BF5.2
    Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3990
    Janka Hardness - LBF2250
    Janka Hardness - N10010
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    Chechen-Standard-4/4Lumber
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    Chechen
    Skip planed. Small knots.
    CHECH1197
    39 × 4.25 × 0.81 in

    Skip planed. Small knots.

    $25.51

    Chechen
    Skip planed. Small knots.
    CHECH1197
    39 × 4.25 × 0.81 in

    $25.51

    Chechen
    CHECH1197
    39 × 4.25 × 0.81 in

    $25.51

    Chechen
    Small knots.
    CHECH1196
    38.19 × 5.13 × 0.88 in

    Small knots.

    $33.16

    Chechen
    Small knots.
    CHECH1196
    38.19 × 5.13 × 0.88 in

    $33.16

    Chechen
    CHECH1196
    38.19 × 5.13 × 0.88 in

    $33.16

    Chechen
    Pinhole.
    CHECH1195
    41.13 × 5 × 0.88 in

    Pinhole.

    $34.81

    Chechen
    Pinhole.
    CHECH1195
    41.13 × 5 × 0.88 in

    $34.81

    Chechen
    CHECH1195
    41.13 × 5 × 0.88 in

    $34.81

    Chechen
    Skip planed. Small knot.
    CHECH1194
    43.69 × 5 × 0.88 in

    Skip planed. Small knot.

    $36.98

    Chechen
    Skip planed. Small knot.
    CHECH1194
    43.69 × 5 × 0.88 in

    $36.98

    Chechen
    CHECH1194
    43.69 × 5 × 0.88 in

    $36.98

    Chechen
    Skip planed. Worm tracks.
    CHECH1193
    45.19 × 5.13 × 0.88 in

    Skip planed. Worm tracks.

    $35.67

    Chechen
    Skip planed. Worm tracks.
    CHECH1193
    45.19 × 5.13 × 0.88 in

    $35.67

    Chechen
    CHECH1193
    45.19 × 5.13 × 0.88 in

    $35.67

    Chechen
    Skip planed. Knot.
    CHECH1192
    39.06 × 5.13 × 0.88 in

    Skip planed. Knot.

    $30.83

    Chechen
    Skip planed. Knot.
    CHECH1192
    39.06 × 5.13 × 0.88 in

    $30.83

    Chechen
    CHECH1192
    39.06 × 5.13 × 0.88 in

    $30.83

    Chechen
    Small knots.
    CHECH1191
    39.69 × 4.94 × 0.88 in

    Small knots.

    $33.19

    Chechen
    Small knots.
    CHECH1191
    39.69 × 4.94 × 0.88 in

    $33.19

    Chechen
    CHECH1191
    39.69 × 4.94 × 0.88 in

    $33.19

    Chechen
    Skip planed. Knots.
    CHECH1190
    38.38 × 5 × 0.88 in

    Skip planed. Knots.

    $29.53

    Chechen
    Skip planed. Knots.
    CHECH1190
    38.38 × 5 × 0.88 in

    $29.53

    Chechen
    CHECH1190
    38.38 × 5 × 0.88 in

    $29.53

    Chechen
    Skip planed. Small knots. Worm tracks.
    CHECH1189
    34.44 × 4.25 × 0.81 in

    Skip planed. Small knots. Worm tracks.

    $22.52

    Chechen
    Skip planed. Small knots. Worm tracks.
    CHECH1189
    34.44 × 4.25 × 0.81 in

    $22.52

    Chechen
    CHECH1189
    34.44 × 4.25 × 0.81 in

    $22.52

    Chechen
    Skip planed. Small knots. Pinholes.
    CHECH1188
    34.19 × 5.13 × 0.88 in

    Skip planed. Small knots. Pinholes.

    $26.99

    Chechen
    Skip planed. Small knots. Pinholes.
    CHECH1188
    34.19 × 5.13 × 0.88 in

    $26.99

    Chechen
    CHECH1188
    34.19 × 5.13 × 0.88 in

    $26.99

    Chechen
    Knots. Knot defects.
    CHECH1187
    33.06 × 4.94 × 0.88 in

    Knots. Knot defects.

    $25.13

    Chechen
    Knots. Knot defects.
    CHECH1187
    33.06 × 4.94 × 0.88 in

    $25.13

    Chechen
    CHECH1187
    33.06 × 4.94 × 0.88 in

    $25.13

    Chechen
    Skip planed. Small knots.
    CHECH1186
    40.75 × 5 × 0.88 in

    Skip planed. Small knots.

    $31.35

    Chechen
    Skip planed. Small knots.
    CHECH1186
    40.75 × 5 × 0.88 in

    $31.35

    Chechen
    CHECH1186
    40.75 × 5 × 0.88 in

    $31.35

    Chechen
    Skip planed. Worm tracks.
    CHECH1185
    41.25 × 5.06 × 0.88 in

    Skip planed. Worm tracks.

    $32.12

    Chechen
    Skip planed. Worm tracks.
    CHECH1185
    41.25 × 5.06 × 0.88 in

    $32.12

    Chechen
    CHECH1185
    41.25 × 5.06 × 0.88 in

    $32.12

    Chechen
    Clear.
    CHECH1184
    33.94 × 5.06 × 0.88 in

    Clear.

    $29.07

    Chechen
    Clear.
    CHECH1184
    33.94 × 5.06 × 0.88 in

    $29.07

    Chechen
    CHECH1184
    33.94 × 5.06 × 0.88 in

    $29.07

    Chechen
    Worm tracks.
    CHECH1183
    34.19 × 5.06 × 0.88 in

    Worm tracks.

    $26.62

    Chechen
    Worm tracks.
    CHECH1183
    34.19 × 5.06 × 0.88 in

    $26.62

    Chechen
    CHECH1183
    34.19 × 5.06 × 0.88 in

    $26.62

    Other Species

    Osage Orange - Argentine

    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:
    boxmaking, cabinetry, carving, crafting, inlay, specialty items
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    Common Uses
    osage-orange-argentine
    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:
    boxmaking, inlay, specialty items, turnings
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    Common Uses
    tamarind-spalted
    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:
    fine furniture, furniture, inlay, turnings
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    Common Uses
    chakte-viga
    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
    Detail
    Common Uses
    longhi
    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.)

    Common Uses:
    boxmaking, cabinetry, crafting, flooring, furniture
    Detail
    Common Uses
    birch-yellow
    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:
    cabinetry, lutherie, millwork, musical Instruments
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