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Also known as Sucupira, Tiete Chestnut, or Bowdichia SPP, Brazilian Chestnut is a stunning tropical hardwood that stands out for its impressive color.
The genuine tones and design of the wood provide an exotic and rustic look that matches perfectly with other wooden elements that may be in the room.
Its remarkable color has a rich reddish-brown, chocolate-brown, or light brown tone, which combines with some yellow and white shades, creating a beautiful blend of colors. This hardwood also has a medium to coarse texture with an interlocked grain, and with dark and warm undertones.
Brazilian chestnut is a very good choice for areas exposed to foot traffic, due to its hardness and durability. Thanks to its natural properties, it can be used in a variety of construction projects. And guess what?… We have it here at Brazilian Lumber ready to ship.
Let’s start with some background information about this amazing wood. The Sucupira tree belongs to the Leguminous family. This tree can grow up to 150 feet tall and reach a diameter of 4 feet, and can be found in countries located in the Lower Amazon region, such as Venezuela, the Guianas, and Brazil.
Brazilian Chestnut is known as a very durable wood, primarily used for interior flooring, decking railways, ties, and heavy construction. It has a Janka hardness of 2,140 pounds.
This genuine tropical hardwood can be considered as an effective, affordable alternative when looking to build a deck with high resistance to shrinkage due to moisture changes.
An important fact about this wood is that It is harvested from responsibly managed forests to ensure the longevity of this natural resource.
As a company, we consider that it is very important to follow responsible forest management. And this is how we do it:
That such beautiful wood can be obtained without damaging the resources of the area it comes from, is truly a big advantage. And that the customer can have it without affecting the forest is also a great deal.
Taking advantage of the knowledge and expertise we have here at Brazilian Lumber, we have prepared a list of the 4 best features of Brazilian Chestnut wood:
Sucupira’s Janka rating is 2,140 lbf. This makes it much harder than Oak or Pine, and similar to Jatoba, which is one of the world’s best 5 tropical hardwoods, along with Ipe and Cumaru at the top of the list. The Janka hardness system measures a wood’s ability to withstand damage and dents.
This is an important characteristic because having a strong material also means that external factors such as the elements or insects will not be able to cause significant damage to the wood.
Brazilian Chestnut is naturally resistant to insects such as termites, as well as fungi, and water, making it a very strong and long-lasting material.
For exterior buildings, this is a great advantage, as all outdoor structures are more prone to damage and deterioration over the years. So having a material that is resistant to multiple threats is always a very good option.
But, what does durability really mean when talking about hardwood? Not all types of hardwood have natural oils that make them impenetrable to rot, mildew. As well as resistance to other types of factors such as corrosive salts, or extreme climatic variations.
Brazilian Chestnut is one of those hardwoods capable of withstanding factors such as those previously mentioned. This says a lot about its quality.
Even though we always recommend applying oil to the hardwood to preserve its natural color, with Brazilian Chestnut that may not be immediately necessary, depending on where it is installed and how much sun exposure it has.
There are many characteristics that make Brazilian Chestnut a great tropical hardwood, but the beauty of its color is the most important. The exotic variation of its colors gives it that genuine look that sets it apart from others.
This also makes it easy to match with any type of wood you may have in your home or outdoor space. It makes any room more attractive and goes with all styles.
Thanks to the variation of shades, it is a very good and practical choice for flooring, as it creates an appearance that may help you hide stains until it is time for cleaning.
To conclude, Brazilian Chestnut is an extraordinary hardwood that catches the eye not only for its genuine wooden look and beauty but because of its characteristics.
It is widely used in residential and commercial construction, especially in high-traffic areas. It is very durable, strong, and resistant to the elements, insect damage, and rot.
We are very pleased to be able to offer Brazilian Chestnut wood, a hardwood that stands out for its magnificent appearance, quality, and its wide range of uses. Contact us for any advice, make your purchase, and wait for delivery because we are ready to ship.
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