Tigerwood (Brazilian Koa)
Tigerwood is a boldly striped species which has an orange/reddish brown background with wide dark brownish black striping. View our photo gallery.
Color Range: exhibits a wide range of color/striping. The striping can vary from fine lines to bold “brush strokes”. The background color can range from light tans to darker orange browns.
Color Change: exhibits a large degree of color change with a pronounced darkening of the background under the stripes from an orangey tan to a deep reddish brown color, which then in turn makes the striping less contrasting and more subtle.
Botanical Name: Astronium, spp
Lumber Name: Goncalo Alves
Other Names: Brazilian Koa
Grows In: Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Guatemala, Mexico
Hardness: Tigerwood is 170% as hard as red oak (2160 on the Janka scale vs. 1260 for red oak).