Primavera Hardwood


Primavera is a unique and versatile timber species, with a creamy or pale yellow colouration when freshly cut, which darkens to a yellowish-rose with red, brown and orange stripes on exposure. Its grain is straight, interlocked or wavy, producing interesting ribbon, mottle, raindrop, striped and thin fiddle back figure. Primavera has a medium to coarse texture and a glossy finish, making it suitable for use in a variety of applications such as cabinetmaking, furniture and joinery. Primavera, also known by its botanical name Tabebuia donnel-smithii (Bignoniaceae), is a sustainable and legal timber source and can be used to create beautiful and unique furniture pieces.

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Also Called:
Duranga, Palo Blanco, San Juan, Cortez, Roble, Cortez Blanco

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

The drying and seasoning of Primavera 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; Primavera - dries easily with little impact on the grade and quality of the wood, but there can be slight warping and checking. There is only small movement in use. 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.

Primavera has low stiffness, medium strength in resistance to shock loads, bending and crushing. It steam-bends well. Primavera works well with both machine and hand tools. Primavera moulds, drills, mortices, carves, glues, nails, screws, sands, varnishes and stains well and can be brought to a highly polished finish.

Typical Uses:
Furniture, Cabinetry, Flooring, Boat Building, Moulding, Millwork, Musical Instruments, Turning, Carving.

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

Commonly asked questions about Primavera Wood

Is Primavera a hardwood or a softwood? Primavera is a hardwood. It is the same for; is Primavera hardwood or softwood? - Primavera 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 Primavera 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 Primavera? Primavera can be described as brown, white/cream (very light brown), yellow/brown, orange

Is Primavera good for outdoor use? or is Primavera good for exterior use? Primavera is most suited for interior/interior use. Primavera 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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