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Ziricote

Cordia dodecandra
Also known as |
Ciricote|Siricote|Ziricote
Ziricote Lumber @ Rare Woods USA

Ziricote is one of the most popular, visually striking exotic woods in the world. Renowned for its “landscape” or “spiderweb” grain patterns, its colors range from medium to dark shades of brown (occasionally with either a green or purplish tint), and are accentuated by intermingled bands of unpredictable, irregular black growth rings. Sapwood is easily distinguishable by its dull off-white to pale yellow hue.

Although it is a fairly dense wood, its typical straight (though sometimes slightly interlocked) grains and fine to medium-fine texture give it cooperative working properties, as it cuts, turns, glues and finishes smoothly.

Ziricote is a close relative (and neighbor) of Bocote, with both being Central American woods of the Cordia genus. Its radical, often-dramatic grain patterns have given the wood somewhat of an ‘elite’ status among international exotic woods enthusiasts.¬† While it has never been an inexpensive wood, recent revelations of epidemic poaching across Mexico have resulted in a greatly reduced supply and sharp price increases on wholesale and retails levels.

Unless action is taken to stem the tide (of poaching), Ziricote and other Central American woods could very well be the subject of actions from CITES in the very near future.  Interestingly, the bark of the Cordia dodecandra tree and the wood have medicinal properties: the tea which is derived from their infusion is used in traditional medicine in Mexico, to treat coughs, diarrhea and dysentery.

Not currently listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. That said, given the recent poaching epidemic taking place in Mexico over the last several years, this status — as well as other Mexican woods, such as Bocote, Camatillo and Katalox — could be changing in the very near future.

Why We Love This Wood

Who wouldn't love the crazy, spiderweb patterns on this wood. It is no surprise that luthiers prize it as a visually striking tonewood!

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    Main Color GroupDark Brown
    Grain Pattern Pronounced
    Avg Dry Weight - LB/BF4.9
    Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3980
    Janka Hardness - LBF2070
    Janka Hardness - N9200
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    75
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    Ziricote-Standard-8/4Lumber

    8/4 Lumber

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    75
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    Ziricote
    Clear.
    ZIRI1068
    37.31 × 3.06 × 0.94 in

    Clear.

    $82.13

    Ziricote
    Clear.
    ZIRI1068
    37.31 × 3.06 × 0.94 in

    $82.13

    Ziricote
    ZIRI1068
    37.31 × 3.06 × 0.94 in

    $82.13

    Ziricote

    Clear.

    ZIRI1066
    36.19 × 3 × 1 in

    Clear.

    $78.11

    Ziricote

    Clear.

    ZIRI1066
    36.19 × 3 × 1 in

    $78.11

    Ziricote
    ZIRI1066
    36.19 × 3 × 1 in

    $78.11

    Ziricote

    Clear.

    ZIRI1064
    34 × 4.13 × 1 in

    Clear.

    $101.02

    Ziricote

    Clear.

    ZIRI1064
    34 × 4.13 × 1 in

    $101.02

    Ziricote
    ZIRI1064
    34 × 4.13 × 1 in

    $101.02

    Ziricote

    Clear sapwood.

    ZIRI1063
    37.06 × 3.06 × 1 in

    Clear sapwood.

    $81.58

    Ziricote

    Clear sapwood.

    ZIRI1063
    37.06 × 3.06 × 1 in

    $81.58

    Ziricote
    ZIRI1063
    37.06 × 3.06 × 1 in

    $81.58

    Ziricote

    Check. Defect near edge.

    ZIRI1062
    38.56 × 3.06 × 1 in

    Check. Defect near edge.

    $84.89

    Ziricote

    Check. Defect near edge.

    ZIRI1062
    38.56 × 3.06 × 1 in

    $84.89

    Ziricote
    ZIRI1062
    38.56 × 3.06 × 1 in

    $84.89

    Ziricote

    Cracks. Check.

    ZIRI1061
    37 × 3.13 × 1 in

    Cracks. Check.

    $83.32

    Ziricote

    Cracks. Check.

    ZIRI1061
    37 × 3.13 × 1 in

    $83.32

    Ziricote
    ZIRI1061
    37 × 3.13 × 1 in

    $83.32

    Ziricote

    Knot. Light check.

    ZIRI1060
    37.75 × 5 × 0.94 in

    Knot. Light check.

    $123.44

    Ziricote

    Knot. Light check.

    ZIRI1060
    37.75 × 5 × 0.94 in

    $123.44

    Ziricote
    ZIRI1060
    37.75 × 5 × 0.94 in

    $123.44

    Ziricote

    Light check near edge.

    ZIRI1056
    37.25 × 3 × 1 in

    Light check near edge.

    $80.39

    Ziricote

    Light check near edge.

    ZIRI1056
    37.25 × 3 × 1 in

    $80.39

    Ziricote
    ZIRI1056
    37.25 × 3 × 1 in

    $80.39

    Turning Squares – Ziricote

    Our Ziricote turning squares come in range of sizes and are excellent quality lumber.

    The sizes are all rough-guides, but are basically accurate.If you have very strict size criteria, please just drop us an email to confirm they will meet your expectations.The photographs are representative of the stock you will receive.  You won't typically received surfaced blanks, but we surface a few on the photographs to give you an idea of what the lumber looks like.

    TURNZIRI1001

    Our Ziricote turning squares come in range of sizes and are excellent quality lumber.

    The sizes are all rough-guides, but are basically accurate.

    If you have very strict size criteria, please just drop us an email to confirm they will meet your expectations.

    The photographs are representative of the stock you will receive.  You won’t typically received surfaced blanks, but we surface a few on the photographs to give you an idea of what the lumber looks like.

    $28.00$50.00

    Turning Squares – Ziricote

    Our Ziricote turning squares come in range of sizes and are excellent quality lumber.

    The sizes are all rough-guides, but are basically accurate.If you have very strict size criteria, please just drop us an email to confirm they will meet your expectations.The photographs are representative of the stock you will receive.  You won't typically received surfaced blanks, but we surface a few on the photographs to give you an idea of what the lumber looks like.

    $28.00$50.00

    Turning Squares – Ziricote
    TURNZIRI1001

    $28.00$50.00

    Ziricote
    Nice board
    ZIRI1042
    37.38 × 3.06 × 1 in

    Nice board

    $82.29

    Ziricote
    Nice board
    ZIRI1042
    37.38 × 3.06 × 1 in

    $82.29

    Ziricote
    ZIRI1042
    37.38 × 3.06 × 1 in

    $82.29

    Ziricote
    Checks.
    ZIRI1034
    59.25 × 7.75 × 1 in

    Checks.

    $270.28

    Ziricote
    Checks.
    ZIRI1034
    59.25 × 7.75 × 1 in

    $270.28

    Ziricote
    ZIRI1034
    59.25 × 7.75 × 1 in

    $270.28

    Ziricote
    4'' crack.
    ZIRI1033
    53 × 8 × 1 in

    4” crack.

    $277.30

    Ziricote
    4'' crack.
    ZIRI1033
    53 × 8 × 1 in

    $277.30

    Ziricote
    ZIRI1033
    53 × 8 × 1 in

    $277.30

    Ziricote
    Small checks.
    ZIRI1024
    58.5 × 7.5 × 1 in

    Small checks.

    $286.95

    Ziricote
    Small checks.
    ZIRI1024
    58.5 × 7.5 × 1 in

    $286.95

    Ziricote
    ZIRI1024
    58.5 × 7.5 × 1 in

    $286.95

    Ziricote
    4'' crack. Checks. Width varies 9.75''-13''.
    ZIRI1022
    45 × 11 × 1 in

    4” crack. Checks. Width varies 9.75”-13”.

    $291.36

    Ziricote
    4'' crack. Checks. Width varies 9.75''-13''.
    ZIRI1022
    45 × 11 × 1 in

    $291.36

    Ziricote
    ZIRI1022
    45 × 11 × 1 in

    $291.36

    Ziricote
    Light surface crack. Nice landscape figure.
    ZIRI1020
    48.56 × 4 × 1.94 in

    Light surface crack. Nice landscape figure.

    $279.48

    Ziricote
    Light surface crack. Nice landscape figure.
    ZIRI1020
    48.56 × 4 × 1.94 in

    $279.48

    Ziricote
    ZIRI1020
    48.56 × 4 × 1.94 in

    $279.48

    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
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    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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    Common Uses
    alder
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