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CHECHEN

Metopium brownei

THE TIMBER:
The heartwood of chechen is a deep brown, almost of the hue of black walnut. The sapwood is yellowish-brown and is sharply demarcated from the heartwood. It is often variegated from red with a greenish tint and a golden luster to plain brown. When slab-cut, many of the pieces show an extremely attractive grain pattern. The wood has no distinctive odor or taste. it is very hard and strong.

WORKABILITY:
While the wood is extremely hard, it is workable with sharp tools, takes glue effectively and can be polished to a fine finish. Chechem seems to be similar to hard maple in workability but is a bit more stringy.

USES:
Contemporary uses include poles for native structures and furniture making. Timber merchants are exploring other uses, and it appears to have potential for cabinets, turnery and musical instruments.

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