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Goncalo Alves


Northern parts of North America
Goncalo Alves is part of the Anacardiaceaen family. From Guyana and Colombia via Ecuador and Mexico through to Peru and Honduras. Also in El Salvador, Trinidad, and Brazil.


In kiln-dried status, Goncalo Alves has a density of apx. 850-960 kg/m3, therefore, it is one of the extra sturdy hardwoods. Very decorative, red brown to crimson colour, often spotted with or traversed by wide dark brown to almost black veins.


Woodworking presents difficulties due to the hardness of the wood (especially with irregular fiber course ). Ideally, very sharp carbide-tipped tools should be used in order to avoid rapid blunting of the knives. Pre-drilling before screwing and nailing is recommended .

Drying is quite complicated and must be carried our very slowly and carefully to prevent checking and warping. In general, Goncalo Alves is characterized by a good stability.


In general, smooth and clean surfaces can be achieved which impose by their natural gloss. Goncalo Alves takes well to polishes.


Joints cause problems due to high presence of tylosis.

Similar woods

South America


Due to its salient light-dark contrast, Goncalo Alves is perfectly suitable for the production of decorative veneer. Its extravagant colour combination, which often commemorates the skin of a tiger, makes the wood of the genus “astronium fraxinofolium” interesting especially for the furniture industry and the producers of panelling and ceiling lining. It is also utilized for shipbuilding and for the building constructions with extraordinary stress as well as for weaver’s shuttles and tools helves in the high – class sector as a special wood.


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