Wood of the day #36: Brazilwood

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Blog entry by CreekOne posted 04-09-2015 03:04 PM 2348 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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  • Common name(s): Brazilwood, Pau-Brasil, Pau de Pernambuco, Pernambuco Tree, Nicaragua Wood, Ibirapitanga
  • Botanical name: Caesalpinia echinata
  • Synonymous: Guilandina echinata
  • Distribution: Brazil
  • Description: Hard and yellowish wood, sometimes towards a darker almost red colour. Grain is straight and the texture is similar to that of a rough sanded ebony. Compared to some other dense woods it has a good workability and finishes nicely.
  • Fun facts: Perhaps the only wood that was so famous, it was responsible for the naming of an entire nation? Pau-Brasil means “Ember coloured wood” more precise pau meaning wood, and brasil meaning red/ember-like.

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#1 posted 04-09-2015 03:06 PM

Looong time, no posting. I have kept myself busy, a long hiking trip and some intense production work for a crafts fair.

I have to apologise for the bad resolution of the picture but this is one of the woods where the camera just refuse to take a picture.

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#2 posted 04-09-2015 08:52 PM

I was wondering what happened to you … Glad to see your back. Hope you had a nice vacation.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#3 posted 04-21-2015 02:44 AM

Love this wood! Probably not the time that I would be using for construction and more rugged articles like fences and gates though the grain is really pretty for display pieces instead.

-- Tony Preston @

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