Goncalo Alves or Tigerwood

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Scientific Name: Astronium graveolens
Location: Mexico southward to Brazil
Dried Weight: 57lbs/ft3
Janka Hardness: 2,170lbf
Crushing Strength: 10,770lbf /in2

 

Goncalo Alves has a heartwood that is a medium reddish brown which will darken with age. The grain can be straight, but it’s usually wavy or interlocked and it has a fine uniform texture. The wood gives off a good natural lustre. The end grain is diffuse-porous. Goncalo Alves is fair to work with but does have a moderate blunting effect on cutters. It is difficult to glue because it has a very high resistance to moisture absorption. Other than that it turns and finishes well.

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