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Zebrawood

Microberlinia brazzavillensis
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Zebrano
Zebrano Lumber @ Rare Woods USA

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 conditions of growth — is decorated by dark brown striping of varying degrees (ranging to almost black), hence its name. The striping is typically long and fairly uniform when the wood is quartersawn, but wavy and erratic 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 tear-out.  The wood glues well and usually possesses a pleasant, moderate to high luster, which can make for impressive finishing.

While flatsawn 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.¬† While its demand is based almost exclusively on its aesthetic appeal, Zebrawood is a strong, stiff lumber, once dry.

This species is not listed in the CITES Appendices, but is classified as “Vulnerable” on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Why We Love This Wood

With our African roots, we just can't get enough of the gorgeous patterns found in Zebrano. We can't decide whether we prefer the consistent, stripy quartersawn pattern or the wild, wavy flatsawn pattern.

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    Vital Statistics
    Main Color GroupVariegated
    Grain Pattern Pronounced
    Avg Dry Weight - LB/BF4.2
    Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3805
    Janka Hardness - LBF1830
    Janka Hardness - N8160
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    Zebrawood-Standard-4/4Lumber
    4/4 Lumber
    Standard
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    20
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    no
    Zebrawood-Standard-6/4Lumber

    6/4 Lumber

    Standard
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    20.5
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    no
    Zebrawood-Standard-8/4Lumber

    8/4 Lumber

    Standard
    bf
    21
    bf
    no
    Zebrawood-Standard-12/4Lumber

    12/4 Lumber

    Standard
    bf
    28
    bf
    no
    Zebrawood-Standard-16/4Lumber

    16/4 Lumber

    Standard
    bf
    28
    bf
    no

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    ZEB1347_1
    ZEB1347
    0.94"
    x 6.25" x
    44.38"
    Pitch pockets.

    $53.60

    ZEB1346_1
    ZEB1346
    0.94"
    x 6.25" x
    43.94"
    Pitch pockets.

    $58.30

    ZEB1345_1
    ZEB1345
    0.94"
    x 5.88" x
    44.25"
    Cracks.

    $49.40

    ZEB1344_1
    ZEB1344
    0.94"
    x 6" x
    44.25"
    Cracks.

    $49.80

    ZEB1343_1
    ZEB1343
    0.94"
    x 6.44" x
    44.31"
    Split. Pitch pockets.

    $49.50

    ZEB1342_1
    ZEB1342
    0.94"
    x 6.19" x
    44.06"
    Pitch pockets.

    $57.86

    ZEB1341_1
    ZEB1341
    0.94"
    x 6.19" x
    42.44"
    Pitch pockets. Worm tracks. Skip planed.

    $45.36

    ZEB1340_1
    ZEB1340
    0.94"
    x 6.25" x
    46.06"
    Cracks. Defect on surface. Skip planed.

    $54.68

    ZEB1339_1
    ZEB1339
    0.94"
    x 6" x
    43.75"
    Pitch pockets.

    $56.32

    ZEB1338_1
    ZEB1338
    0.94"
    x 6.25" x
    43.94"
    Cracks.

    $53.80

    ZEB1337_1
    ZEB1337
    0.94"
    x 6.63" x
    42.38"
    Cracks. Defect on end.

    $54.00

    ZEB1336_1
    ZEB1336
    0.94"
    x 6.44" x
    42.13"
    Pitch pockets.

    $52.00

    ZEB1335_1
    ZEB1335
    0.94"
    x 6.44" x
    44.19"
    Pitch pockets.

    $54.00

    ZEB1334_1
    ZEB1334
    0.94"
    x 6.31" x
    44.19"
    Pitch pockets.

    $53.40

    ZEB1333_1
    ZEB1333
    0.94"
    x 6.13" x
    43.75"
    Nice board.

    $57.64

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