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. 

Characteristics

Origin of Wood TypeMexico to South America
Botanical NameAstronium Spp.
Specific Gravity.92
Avg. Weight Per BF5. 6 lbs
Color RangeOrange to tan with black streaks
Rarity / AvailabilitySomewhat Common
Typical Avg. Width4 – 12 inches
Typical Avg. Length8 – 12 feet
Avg. Waste Factor20%, but more if the color needs to be specific
Wood UsesFurniture, Cabinetry, or Millwork
Lumber GradesFAS
Other Trade Names Tigerwood, Goncalo Alves

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