Balsamo Hardwood


Myroxylon balsamum, also known as Balsamo, is a tropical evergreen tree native to Central and South America. It is a member of the Fabaceae family and grows up to 20-25 meters in height. The wood of Balsamo is often used for its aroma and medicinal properties, as well as for timber. Its sapwood is white to yellowish and its heartwood is reddish-brown. The wood is strong and hard, with a fine texture and a waxy luster. Balsamo is resistant to decay and pests, making it a good choice for furniture, flooring, and other building materials. Its oils are used in the production of colognes, perfumes, and medicines.

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Also Called:
Balsam of Peru, Peru Balsam, Balsamo, Tolu Balsam, Myroxylon Balsamum

Durability Notes:
Balsamo wood, also known by its botanical name Myroxylon balsamum, is a medium-density hardwood species that is highly durable and resistant to fungal decay. It has a high natural oil content, which helps to improve its resistance to decay and rot, making it suitable for use in outdoor applications. The wood is also resistant to insect and termite attack, making it a good choice for furniture and flooring. Balsamo wood has a fine, even texture, and is usually reddish-brown in color with a straight or slightly wavy grain. It is easy to work with and finishes well.

Seasoning, or drying, of Balsamo wood (Myroxylon balsamum) is a process that can take several weeks or months, depending on the thickness of the wood. When seasoning Balsamo it should be done slowly and in a controlled environment. If the wood is dried too quickly, it can cause checking, cracking, and splitting. The ideal temperature and humidity for drying Balsamo is between 20-22°C (68-71°F) and 50-60% humidity. To prevent warping and cupping, the wood should be stacked in such a way that the air can circulate freely around it. Once the wood has been adequately dried, it is ready for use.

Balsamo wood, or Myroxylon balsamum, is a hardwood species native to Central America. It is a very dense wood, with an average dried weight of around 850 kilograms per cubic meter. The wood has a fine texture, and is very durable, making it a great choice for furniture, flooring and cabinetry. It is also resistant to rot, decay and insect damage, making it a great choice for outdoor furniture and paneling. The wood has a reddish-brown color and a straight grain, with a medium luster.

Typical Uses:
Furniture, Cabinetry, Boatbuilding, Musical Instruments, Carving, Turnery, Veneer

More Info:
Balsamo has a specific gravity of 0.53-0.63, a modulus of rupture of 8,800-10,000 psi, and a modulus of elasticity of 1,270,000-1,520,000 psi. It is also highly resistant to wear and abrasion due to its natural oils. The wood is reported to be difficult to work with both machines and hand tools, and it tends to blunt saw blades and other cutting tools. It is important to use a sharp tool when working with Balsamo to get the best results. Balsamo also has a tendency to splinter when nailed or screwed. It is recommended to pre-drill holes for screws and nails to avoid this.

Spiritual Properties:
Balsamo, or Myroxylon balsamum, does not appear to have any spiritual properties associated with it. It is an aromatic hardwood tree native to Central and South America, and is used in the production of essential oils and fragrances.

Possible Health Risks:
Myroxylon balsamum, or Balsamo wood, is generally considered to be a safe wood for humans to use. It does not contain any known toxic substances and does not produce any volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can be hazardous to humans. It is commonly used in furniture and other woodworking projects, and there are no known health risks associated with its use.

Balsamo is a tropical hardwood species native to Central and South America. It is highly regarded for its durability and attractive grain pattern. It is often used in furniture production and boatbuilding.In terms of sustainability and environmental impact, balsamo is considered to be moderately to highly susceptible to over-harvesting and deforestation. It is not listed on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) list, however, it is regulated by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The FSC requires that the forests where balsamo is harvested be managed in a sustainable way, with regular monitoring and replanting.In terms of its overall environmental impact, balsamo is considered to be relatively low. It is relatively low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and formaldehyde, and it is a good choice for indoor air quality. Additionally, it is a renewable resource that can be harvested in a sustainable way.

Interesting Facts:
Myroxylon balsamum, or balsamo, is a species of flowering tree found in Central America and South America. It is a member of the Fabaceae family and is closely related to the more familiar species of balsam of Peru. Balsamo is a large, evergreen tree with a straight, cylindrical trunk and a dense crown of foliage. It can grow up to 30 meters in height, and its wood is commonly used for construction, furniture making, and other woodworking projects. The wood is light yellow in color and has a fine, even texture with a faintly spicy aroma. It is a durable wood, resistant to decay and insect attack, and has excellent working qualities, making it an ideal choice for use in furniture and other decorative items. Balsamo is also prized for its medicinal properties, as it contains compounds such as cinnamic acid and resins that have antiseptic, analgesic, and antispasmodic properties.

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