Top Ten “not-so-famous” woods you never heard of - 1/2

Hardwoods are easy to find, but do you know each features? There are other hardwoods that you never heard yet. This two-part article will show you some woods that are never heard as well as some of their features. Let us take a look at ten of the unusual hardwoods all over the globe:

Garnering the 10th spot is MOPANE, with a scientific name of Colophospermum mopane. This hardwood has stellar acoustic features which has lots of potentials. It is highly dense and can produce appealing grain and color patterns. It is a bit hard to find because it is only available in minimal chunks and blanks. To add, it is a bit costly and a lot of people are not up to spending significant amount of money on a wood that they have never heard.

Covering the ninth 9th spot is PAULOWNIA with a scientific name of Paulownia tomentosa. Among the definitive lightest woods there is in the world but not as foamy as the balsa wood. It is regarded as one of the most stable woods in relation to humidity and has very low movement in service. Grows like a weed, the paulownia are plantation grown.

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The Japanese tend to utilize it all before anyone can lay hands on it. Paulownia is prices in the Japanese region and utilized for all classes of things.

On the eighth 8th spot is the GREENHEART with a scientific name of Chlorocardium  Rodiei. Greenheart is recognized as a wood of extremes. Entirely, it probably the sturdiest wood all over the globe, with off the charts MOR and MOE and crushing strength. It also possesses a stellar weathering features and rot resistance, more applicable in marine environment.

On its downside, this wood is a bit of a complex to work with. It is complicated to fasten and glue. It is also hard to saw.

On the seventh 7th spot is the CHAKTE VIGA, with a scientific name of Caesalpinia platyloba. There is so much to love about this wood. It has an exceptional tonal and acoustic features; it has a subtle iridescence that accumulates sophistication to any item. But overall, pieces with reddish or orange-ish coloration can be found. The color actually lasts as compared to other woods.

It is also more commonly known as Paela Wood. It is not cost-efficient as it is a bit hard to find.

The sixth spot is the BURMESE BLACKWOOD, with scientific name of Dalbergia Cultrata. This wood is easy to love as it exudes undue appeal. The grain pattern is basically extraordinary and a bit complicated to replace or imitate with another type of wood. This is in closes competition with pheasant wood.


This is quite never heard of because it is seldom available in the market. And when there is a chance, it is usually expensive. People never regard it as an ebony knockoff for that matter, but it is basically entirely different species.

The next article will feature the next five spots that will complete the magic ten.