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Woods We Use
Cabbage Bark and Bullet Tree are comparable to Purple Heart in terms of hardness.
CABBAGE BARK…a tree that reaches heights up to 100ft with 2 to 4ft thick trunks. Price wise… Cabbage Bark is on the higher end of the inexpensive woods. The heartwood is usually dark reddish brown with a sharp demarcation from the yellowish sapwood. The heartwood often has very attractive lighter laminations. The wood has no pronounced odor. It is also quite heavy and durable with good impact resistance. Very versatile wood that is used for flooring, furniture components, handicrafts and general construction as well. It needs to dry slowly to avoid excessive distortion. Even though it is quite hard, it is not particularly hard to work with. It has very good resistance to most fungal rot and resistance to termites.
MY LADY…a large canopy tree growing up to 120ft high with trunks to 3ft thick. The heartwood is often bright red later turning a light pinkish brown after drying. A fairly inexpensive wood. The wood has no pronounced odor when dry. Often used for interior applications, furniture, flooring, boatframes and general heavy construction. The wood machines well and responds well to most finishing tools. It is also able to be highly polished. The heartwood is very resistant to most fungal rot.
SAPODILLA…a slow growing long lived tree that usually grows to around 60ft but up to 100ft when crowded in the forest. Also known as the Chicle tree…famous for its gummy sap. A fairly inexpensive lumber. The heartwood is usually reddish brown and the sapwood a pale brown. The wood is dense, hard and quite heavy. It is routinely used in furniture, flooring, cabinetry, boat frames, pilings/posts and of course railroad ties. The wood is very durable in outdoor applications. It is very resistant to almost all fungal rot as well as termites.
BULLET TREE…usually a medium sized tree 30 to 60ft high with 3ft trunks, sometimes reaching up to 110ft with 5ft trunks. The heartwood is yellowish to green-brown and the sapwood is yellowish to light brown. Green wood has a tarry odor, seasoned much less so. Primarily used for posts, pilings, crossties, heavy flooring and structural members. The wood can also be polished almost as beautifully as Zericote. It’s the closest thing to a perfect outdoor wood. The wood has great strength both bending and crush. It is also extremely heavy and very hard to work with. You will bend some nails. It is resistant to most fungi and termites and quite durable in ground contact
SANTA MARIA…large tree reaching up to 150ft with trunks of 6ft. Usually one of the least expensive woods. The heartwood varies from pink to red to reddish brown. Sapwood is lighter and the the wood has little odor. It is used for primarily as a general construction wood. Belizean wooden sailboats use the wood extensively. Mennonite cabins often use the wood for siding and framing lumber. Can also be used for furniture, cabinetry and is excellent for flooring. The wood is fairly easy to work and can yield smooth surfaces.
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