Common species of exotic wood include:

Br. Cherry
Br. Walnut
Tigerwood
Br. Teak
Mahogany

Brazilian Cherry

Also known as jatoba, Brazilian cherry is a very hard wood featuring a tan/salmon color with black accent stripes that over time turn to a deep rich red color. Jatoba is an extremely dense and very strong wood. With a Janka rating of 2350, it is roughly eighty-one percent harder than red oak. Due to its hardness, nailing may require pre-drilling and adjustment of the angle of penetration.


Brazilian Walnut (Ipe)

Also known as ipe or iron wood, Brazilian walnut is one of hardest woods known to man. It tops the chart on the Janka Hardness Scale at 3684, which is 271% harder than white oak. The wood is used for furniture, flooring, decking and other outdoor uses. It has a fire rating of A1 (the highest possible, the same as concrete). It is insect resistant and extremely durable. Brazilian walnut creates an extremely beautiful floor with color variations ranging from dark brown to reddish-brown to greenish-brown.

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Tigerwood

Tigerwood is a boldly striped species with an orange/reddish brown background and, as the name suggests, dark striping that varies from fine lines to wide bands. The background color ranges from light tan to dark orange brown and generally becomes darker over time, rendering the striping less contrasting and pronounced. The species has a wavy or interlocked, irregular grain pattern. Tigerwood is difficult to saw properly and requires carbide-tipped blades. Pre-boring is suggested, but the wood holds nails well once applied. This species sands fairly easily but care should be taken as it can be prone to scratch in the process. Tigerwood takes polishing very easily.

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Brazilian Teak (Cumaru)

Also known as cumaru, the sapwood is very similar to the heartwood, ranging from tan to deep brown in color. Over time the color of Brazilian teak will "flatten out" slightly. The species has an irregular, slightly interlocked grain and is coarse and wavy in texture. Cumaru is only 2 1/2% softer than ipe (Brazilian walnut) and is over 160% harder than white oak. This very dense and durable wood is resistant to insect attack and decay. Because it is such an impressively dense wood, cumaru can show a level of resistance to cutting blades. Pre-drilling is suggested as splitting can occur with the dried form of this species. Cumaru sands well, but can take some effort to finish as it resists treatment. The dust arising from sanding the wood has been known to cause a slight allergic reaction on contact with skin.

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Santos Mahogany

The very fine and even texture of this well-known and popular hardwood, along with its striped figuring, complements the attractive dark reddish-brown color of mahogany. The white sapwood is sharply differentiated from the heartwood. Mahogany is known for its strength and beauty, and its outstanding durability. Given its hardness and color-fastness, Santos mahogany is a superior choice to genuine Honduran mahogany. In fact, although genuine mahogany is traditionally chosen for fine furniture and millwork, it is seldom used in wood flooring because it lacks sufficient hardness to withstand constant foot traffic. Santos mahogany is a very hard and durable wood. Because of its hardness, we recommend using carbide-tipped drills and blades.

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Exotic species of wood are available in a Clear, Select & Better, and a
#1 Common.


A Clear grade is the highest grade for flooring. It will be free of all imperfections and will offer the most uniform color.

Select & Better provides a very uniform floor that will have more color variations and an occasional bird peck or wormhole.



Please call for any other species of wood you may be interested in.

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