Quebracho Hardwood


Quebracho is a highly versatile timber, with a range of uses including construction, flooring, carving and more. It is scientifically known as Schinopsis spp. (Anacardiaceae) and is easily recognisable by its light red heartwood, which deepens to a uniform brick-red on exposure to light and air, and may also have black streaks. The sapwood is yellowish, and not sharply demarcated from the heartwood. Quebracho has an irregular grain, with a fine and uniform texture, and a low gloss. Additionally, it has a high tanning content, making it an ideal choice for a range of applications.

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Also Called:
Quebracho Macho, Quebracho Moro, Quebracho Hembra, Quebracho Colorado, Quebracho Santiagueno, Quebracho Chaqueno, Brauna, Baruana,

Durability Notes:
Quebracho wood is a durable timber.

The drying and seasoning of Quebracho 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; Quebracho - is a very challenging wood to dry, with server checking and warping, especially on the thinner boards. 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.

Quebracho is extremely hard and heavy. The wood is very hard to work when dry, since it tends to split and is challenging to work in most machining operations. Quebracho can be finished to a high polish.

Typical Uses:
Flooring, Milling, Construction, Furniture, Carving, Fencing, Carpentry, Building Material, Firewood, Joinery.

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

Commonly asked questions about Quebracho Wood

Is Quebracho a hardwood or a softwood? Quebracho is a hardwood. It is the same for; is Quebracho hardwood or softwood? - Quebracho 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 Quebracho 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 Quebracho? Quebracho can be described as dark brown, orange

Is Quebracho good for outdoor use? or is Quebracho good for exterior use? Quebracho is most suited for exterior/external use. Quebracho 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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