Maracaibo Boxwood Hardwood

Maracaibo Boxwood

Maracaibo boxwood, also known by its botanical name Gossypiospermum praecox (Flacourtiaceae), is a versatile timber with a range of potential uses. The heartwood and sapwood are not separable, and the colour can vary from almost white to lemon-yellow. The grain is typically straight, with a very fine, compact, uniform, almost featureless texture, and a high gloss finish. It is not a true boxwood, but is nevertheless suitable for a variety of applications, such as engraving, cabinetmaking, carving, and more. Maracaibo boxwood is sustainably sourced and can be obtained from legal sources.

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Also Called:
Zapatero, Agracejo. Also Distinguished By Country Of Origin: Colombian, Palo Blanco, Venezuelan, West Indian Boxwood.

Durability Notes:
Maracaibo boxwood wood is moderately durable

The drying and seasoning of Maracaibo Boxwood 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; Maracaibo Boxwood - it is slow-drying and fairly challenging to air-dry. Boxwood can suffer from splitting and surface checking and can acquire blue staining if stored in humid conditions. There is only small 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.

Maracaibo Boxwood: due to the type of goods the wood is used for (plus the small size of stock) overall strength properties are not really known but it is said to steam-bend well. Although a very dense wood it works adequately with both machine and hand tools. Boxwood has a tolerable blunting effect on tools. Maracaibo Boxwood turns and carves easily, glues well and can be taken to a very smooth, good polished finish.

Typical Uses:
Furniture, Cabinetry, Musical Instruments, Carvings, Turning, Inlays, Handles.

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

Commonly asked questions about Maracaibo boxwood

Is Boxwood a hardwood or a softwood? Boxwood is a hardwood. It is the same for; is Maracaibo boxwood hardwood or softwood? - Maracaibo boxwood 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 Boxwood 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 Maracaibo boxwood? Maracaibo boxwood can be described as brown, yellow/brown, orange

Is Maracaibo boxwood good for outdoor use? or is Maracaibo boxwood good for exterior use? Maracaibo boxwood is most suited for internal/interior use. Maracaibo boxwood should not 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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