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Tigerwood
ASTRONIUM FRAXINIFOLIUM

Tigerwood is a beautiful exotic Brazilian hardwood which provides one of the most unique patterns you will ever see. Tigerwood is so called because it has a reddish/orange background with dark vein striping which give it a tiger-like look. Because of its incredible beauty, tigerwood is highly sought after for both interior and exterior applications. Domestically, tigerwood has been compared to beech wood; however, this wood far exceeds beech visually. Tigerwood may be used residentially or commercially wherever the strong look is desired. From doors to musical instruments to flooring and decking, tigerwood is a great choice and an excellent alternative for those looking for a light-colored floor but prefer something harder and more exotic than maple or beech.

FAMILY
Anacardiaceae.

OTHER COMMON NAMES
Bossona, Bototo, Coubaril, Gateado, Gomavel, Goncalo alves, Guarabu, Gusanero, Jejuira, Kingwood, Locustwood, Muira, Muiraquatiara, Mura, Urunday, Zorrowood.

ORIGIN
Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Guatemala, Mexico.

APPEARANCE
Tigerwood is a species which exhibits a wide range of color and striping. The striping can vary from fine lines to bold strokes. Tigerwood exhibits a large degree of color change with a pronounced darkening of the background under the stripes from a light orangey tan to a deep reddish brown color, which then in turn makes the striping less contrasting and more subtle. It has a highly lustrous surface that is almost oily.

DENSITY AND BUOYANCY
Very dense and heavy wood, with a Janka hardness of 2160 (67% harder than Red Oak at 1210) and average weight of 60 lbs./cu. ft. Specific Gravity is .45, making this wood very buoyant.

DRYING AND SHRINKAGE
Generally reported to air-dry well with only minor checking and warping. Shrinkage and movement after drying is minimal.

WORKABILITY
Moderately difficult to work with, especially with hand tools, with a blunting effect on cutting edges. Pre-drilling is recommended for screwing and nailing, and carbide-tipped blades and bits are recommended for power tools.

DURABILITY
Extremely durable, with a high level of resistance to beetle attacks. It can be finished to a medium luster and will stand up well to wear. Tigerwood is dimensionally stable and resists twisting and warping. It will remain smooth, splinter-free and friendly to bare feet for years.

PRESERVATION
Wood weathers well naturally, no preservatives needed.

USES
Flooring, paneling and trim.

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS
Tigerwood's bold striping and hardness make it one of the most exotic of all South American hardwoods. Featuring colors ranging from a light golden-brown to red, with brownish black streaks, it darkens gradually over time, accentuating its distinctive grain.

As the name suggests, Tigerwood is a species which exhibits a wide range of color/striping. The striping can vary from fine lines to bold "brush strokes." Tigerwood may be used residentially or commercially wherever the strong look of contrasting striping is desired.

LUMBER
Custom sizes available in flooring and paneling.


  • 4/4", 5/4" thickness
  • 4" and wider
  • 8' and longer


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