Light Virola Hardwood

Light Virola

Light virola, botanically known as Virola spp., is a timber of Myristicaceae family that includes V. koschnyi and V. surinamensis. It is characterized by a lack of clear differentiation between its sapwood and heartwood, which has a pale pinkish to golden-brown hue when freshly cut, and darkens to a deep red-brown color upon exposure. Light virola has a straight grain and a medium to coarse texture, with a low to medium gloss. It is a versatile timber, suitable for applications such as furniture, joinery, and coffins.

Light virola is a sustainable and legal source of timber. Our interactive system can connect you with suppliers of Light virola, so you can use it for your various projects.

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Also Called:
Banak, Sangre, Palo De Sangre, Fruita Colorado, Moonba, Bogabani, Dalli, Ucuuba, Hoogland Baboen

Durability Notes:
Light virola wood has some durability but is considered non durable and not suited for exterior applications

The drying and seasoning of Light Virola is dependant on a number of factors; the speed in which it is processed after felling and logging, the method of drying and the specific kilns or location (if air dried). Generally the care taken by those processing the wood will have an impact on its drying and seasoning. As an overview; Light Virola - dries slowly and if care is not taken it is prone to honeycomb, collapse, check and warp. Light virola exhibits medium movement in service. Please note that all wood is liable to move when in service plus there can be dimensional change. The extent of this will depend on; the stability of the species itself, the conditions it is exposed to, the coating, decoration and protection. You will find more information about the suitability of this wood, for any proposed application, by using our interactive system and the filters shown.

Light Virola has medium crushing strength, low bending and stiffness strengths, very low resistance to shock loads. Virola can be worked readily with both machine and hand tools and exerts only a minimal blunting effect on tooling. The wood saws, planes, drills, mortices and routs well and readily accepts nails, screws and glue. Light virola is fairly easy to carve and sand. Light virola has satisfactory characteristics for turning and polishing.

Typical Uses:
Furniture, Cabinetry, Flooring, Musical Instruments, Veneer, Boat Building, Exterior Trim, Decorative Woodwork, Toys.

Moisture Content:
Guide - 10-18% for KD (+/- 2%)

Commonly asked questions about Light virola Wood

Is Light virola a hardwood or a softwood? Light virola is a hardwood. It is the same for; is Light virola hardwood or softwood? - Light virola is a hardwood.

Most groups/families of species share the same characteristics but this normally relates to their life as plants. Individual species do not always share the same characteristics as their relatives, in terms of the wood. Many factors influence how we use the wood and what we use it for, including where it grows, how it is forested, how it seasons/dries, etc. The answers to the following common questions, therefore relate to this particular species/wood and not the Virola family as a whole. Even more specific – our answers relate to the wood (as we know it) in its form as a useable resource.

What colour is Light virola? Light virola can be described as light brown, red, white/cream (very light brown), yellow/brown

Is Light virola good for outdoor use? or is Light virola good for exterior use? Light virola is most suited for interior/interior use. Light virola can be used as an exterior/external timber (without treatment).

Whether the wood is naturally durable or not we would still recommend that it is decorated and/or coated with a suitable product to provide protection and/or maintain its appearance. This even applies when using the wood internally as, even subtle, changes in temperature or humidity will affect the wood. This will depend on the application/purpose of the wood and the user’s desired appearance. We also recommend that a recoating, care and maintenance programme is adhered to, for the life of an exterior wood. Wood cannot rot if it is kept dry – coatings and decoration can provide this protection. All of that said there are many durable timbers that are often left to weather naturally and will last for many years untreated/coated – movement and visual changes will occur but this is sometimes the desired effect. All wood is hygroscopic (it 'wants' to be in tune with its environment) it will therefore take on water from moisture in the air (or when directly exposed to or submerged in water) and ‘release it’ when dry or exposed to heat. This, inevitably, results in movement and dimensional change. For more about moisture in wood please click here - Moisture in wood

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