Zebrawood, blocks and tables.
Zebrawood, is strong and rigid, with enough density. Used complete because it is a very striking wood, filled with dark stripes on a background of white or cream colors, very used in tool handles.
(The pictures are purely indicative, in order to show as it is. Materials such as wood may vary in your drawing or vein with each piece. Sizes are approximate. )
Common name (s): Zebrawood, Zebrano, Zingana, Zembrano
Scientific name: Microberlinia brazzavillensis
Distribution: West Africa
Tree size: up to 50 m high, 1.0 - 1.5 m diameter of trunk
Hardness (kg/m3): 890
Colour / appearance: varies from cream to light brown with dark brown or black stripes, resembles the skin of a zebra, hence one of the names by which it is known to this wood vaguely similar to the stripes of a zebra. Depending on how to get the wooden planks, we can obtain uniform drawings, straight or wavy and interlaced patterns.
Grains / texture: coarse pores open, with wavy or interlocking grain texture.
Resistance: resistant to rot and insects.
Workability: easy to work in general.
Odor: unpleasant scent.
Allergies / toxicity: serious reactions are very rare, usually the common reactions are irritation of eyes and skin. Follow common recomendations for the wood working to avoid them.
Sustainability: does not appear in the appendices of the CITES, but is on the red list of the IUCN, classified as vulnerable due to a reduction of the population of more than 20% in the last three generations, caused by a decrease in its natural distribution area.
Common uses: handles for tools, furniture, boats and some carved figures.