Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, lower tropical rain forest.
The heartwood is light grey yellow with distinct dark brown stripes. Greatly resistant to fungi, insect infestation (particular termites) and the weather. Zebrawood is extremely dependent on fashion trends although it is a very decorative wood. Degrading are the so-called “barbed-wire” lines which interrupt the black stripes. These effect the uniform appearance of the veneer.
The wood works easily with all tools. Knife blades are not dulled by the mineral deposits.
The wood must be very carefully dried at a controlled speed because it is very prone to checking and warping.
When free of resin, Zebrawood varnishes and polishes well. The resin content, if too high, should be washed out before finishing.
Zebrawood is not particularly difficult to glue. Joints with nails and screwa should be pre-drilled.
Primarily sliced veneer, occasionally rotary cut for face veneer, used for furniture, luxury architectural woodwork, today used especially for dashboard paneling in the automobile industry. It is almost always quarter sliced.
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