Imbuia

Scientific name:  Ocotea porosa (syn. Phoebe porosa)

Description:  Heartwood color can vary substantially; typically medium to dark brown, sometimes with a reddish, golden, or olive-colored cast. Light grayish-yellow sapwood is usually differentiated from the heartwood. Burls and wildly figured planks are commonly seen.  Grain is straight, though many planks can exhibit wild or burl-like patterning. Medium to fine uniform texture with good natural lustre.

Properties:  Produces good results with both hand and machine tools. However, pieces with wild or irregular grain may present challenges in surfacing and other machining operations. Turns, glues, and finishes well.

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