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
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.
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.