Zebrano, Zebrawood

Scientific name:  Microberlinia brazzavillensis

Description:  Heartwood is a light brown or cream color with dark blackish-brown streaks vaguely resembling a zebra’s stripes. Depending on whether the wood is flatsawn or quartersawn, the stripes can be either chaotic and wavy (flatsawn), or somewhat uniform (quartersawn).  Has a fairly coarse texture and open pores. Grain is usually wavy or interlocked.

Properties:  The wood saws well, but can be very difficult to plane or surface due to the prevalence of interlocking grain. Tearout is common. Zebrano glues and finishes well, though a transparent pore filler may be necessary for the large open pores which occur on both dark and light surfaces.