A slab of the oldest wood in the world - 50,000 year old Kauri
Curly Ancient Kauri
GONCALO ALVES, also known as Tigerwood or South American Zebrawood originates on the East Coast of Brazil. Huge logs up to six feet in diameter are available, but these large logs usually lack the beautiful dark streaking that makes this wood so desirable. Naturally oily, the wood is dense and takes an incredible polish.
BLOODWOOD (Brosimum paraense), has commercial names that include Cardinal wood, Blood wood, Satine, Satina, and Satine rubanne. A dense, fine grained wood, Bloodwood takes a high polish and can be used for anything from musical instruments, fine furniture, flooring, dye wood and intarsia, to inlay, and more. From South America (chiefly Brazil) Bloodwood trees range from 40-70’ tall with diameter of 12” up to 24” for a large tree.
RENGAS is also called Borneo Rosewood and originates from Asia. This unique species (though not a true rosewood) shares many of the same colors and working properties of the true Dalbergia Rosewoods. The wood ranges in color from warm oranges and reds to almost black streaks. The streaks are very well-defined, unlike many woods.
SOUTH PACIFIC KAMANI wood is slightly denser than Mahogany but works well and takes a fine polish. There is some shimmer in quarter sawn grain produced from slightly interlocked grain. Colors are similar to Hawaiian Koa minus the black streaks that can be present in Koa. The lighter colored blanks have some subtle figure while the darker heartwood blanks have warmer color tones.
Wood Species from Around the World by Jarrimber Furniture
Todd Smith, owner of the Western Australian furniture company, Jarrimber, created this very useful infographic, which showcases the use, distribution, tree size and workability of 17 wood species.