This exotic wood typically comes from Central America or West Africa. Heartwood is a light brown or cream color with dark blackish brown streaks vaguely resembling a zebra’s stripes. Depending on whether the wood is flatsawn or quartersawn, the stripes can be either chaotic and wavy (flatsawn), or somewhat uniform (quartersawn).

Zebrawood tends to be fairly expensive, though usually not as prohibitively expensive as other exotics such as Ebony or Rosewood. This wood is strong and stiff, with a fairly high density. However, the wood is much more frequently used for its bold and unique striping.

The common name(s) for this wood are Zebrawood and Zebrano. The scientific name is Microberlinia brazzavillensis. It rates 1,830 lbf (8,160 N) on the Janka Hardness Scale.

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