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GONCALO ALVES

Astronium fraxinifolium

THE TIMBER:
The color of goncalo alves is light golden-brown to reddish-brown with blackish-brown streaks of variable spacing. The odor and taste are not distinct, and the luster is dull to medium. Sometimes the wood has a mottled figure resembling some rosewoods in the genus Dalbergia.

WORKABILITY:
In general the wood is somewhat difficult to work, but workability varies considerably according to density. It finishes with a high natural polish, turns well and is noted for its durability.

USES:
Goncalo alves is used for boat building, general construction, furniture and cabinetry, flooring, shutters and bobbins, veneer, plywood, turnery and for knife handles and a cocobolo substitute.

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