Bolivian Tigerwood Wood Floor
Specie Names Botanical Name: Astronium, spp.
Lumber Name(s): Goncalo Alves.
Grown in: Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Guatemala, Mexico.
Appearance: The sapwood of tigerwood is brownish-white to dirty gray, while the heartwood is reddish-brown to light golden-brown in color. The species has a mottled, wavy or interlocked, irregular grain. Tigerwood has a medium to dull luster and is fine in texture.
Color Range: Tigerwood, as the name suggests, is a species which exhibits a wide range of color/striping. The striping can vary from fine lines to bold brush strokes. The background color can range from light tan to darker orange brown.
Properties: Tigerwood is a highly durable wood with a high resistance to beetle attack. The wood remains dimensionally stable and is reported to have no odor. Tigerwood is time consuming to dry properly while preventing de-grade.
Hardness (Janka): 1850; As a flooring option, tigerwood is one of the harder and more durable woods. It is 27% harder than hard maple.
Workability: Tigerwood is difficult to saw properly and requires carbide-tipped blades. Pre-boring is suggested yet the wood holds nails well once applied. Glue holds well, but pre-setting is suggested with tigerwood flooring. Tigerwood takes polishing very easily.
Where to Use: Tigerwood may be used residentially or commercially wherever the bold look of contrasting striping is desired.