Sucupira Hardwood


Sucupira, also known by its botanical name Bowdichia virgilioides, is a versatile timber with a wide range of uses. Its heartwood is a dull chocolate to red-brown, with light yellow markings that create a striped figure on quartered surfaces. The grain is irregular and interlocked, occasionally wavy, and the texture is coarse to the touch. The sapwood is whitish and clearly demarcated from the heartwood. Sucupira is suitable for a variety of applications, including furniture, turnery, boatbuilding and more. Its unique colour and grain patterning make it an attractive choice for many projects. If available from sustainable and legal sources, Sucupira can be a great choice for any woodworking project.

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Also Called:
Alcornoque, Sucupira Parda, Sapupira, Sucupira Preta, Black Sucupira, Paricarana, Coeur Dehors,

Durability Notes:
Sucupira wood is a very durable timber.

The drying and seasoning of Sucupira 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; Sucupira - A challenging wood to dry, it is prone to checking and cupping when kiln-dried. Sucupira exhibits medium 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.

Sucupira has high strength in all categories but is not suitable for steam bending. Sucupira high density and interlocked grain make it challenging to work. Sanding is required to get a smooth finish. Sucupira hold nails and screws well, glues and turns well and can be brought to a good polished finish is pre-filled.

Typical Uses:
Furniture, Flooring, Cabinetry, Musical Instruments, Carvings, Mouldings, Turnings, Decorative Veneers, Boat Building.

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

Commonly asked questions about Sucupira Wood

Is Sucupira a hardwood or a softwood? Sucupira is a hardwood. It is the same for; is Sucupira hardwood or softwood? - Sucupira 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 Sucupira 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 Sucupira? Sucupira can be described as black/very dark brown, brown, dark brown, dark red

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