Goncalo Alves: Exotic Wood

Goncalo Alves or Tigerwood is an exotic wood with an orange to light brown background color with dark streaks. The name “tigerwood” comes from this distinct coloring, although the lumber is also available without many of the black streaks and used for decking material due to its durability. 

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Characteristics

Origin of Wood Type Mexico to South America
Botanical Name Astronium Spp.
Specific Gravity .92
Avg. Weight Per BF 5. 6 lbs
Color Range Orange to tan with black streaks
Rarity / Availability Somewhat Common
Typical Avg. Width 4 – 12 inches
Typical Avg. Length 8 – 12 feet
Avg. Waste Factor 20%, but more if the color needs to be specific
Wood Uses Furniture, Cabinetry, or Millwork
Lumber Grades FAS
Other Trade Names Tigerwood, Goncalo Alves

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