Primarily Hymenaea Courbaril but other species that are sold as jatoba include H. palustris, H. parvifolia, H. hymenaea reticulata, and H. hymenaea stigonocarpa
Also widly known in the US as "Brazilian Cherry" although it is not related to cherry, and much less commonly I have seen it referred to as South American locust among MANY other common names
This is a good wood for flooring because it is VERY hard and dense, but it's a difficult wood to work for the same reason. It's pretty, often with a nice salmon-red color, but personally, I find it just too hard (in the mechanical sense) to work with comfortably.
my samples: --- colors are accurate throughout:
both sides of a small sample piece --- The 2nd side has a finish of some kind on it which greatly enhances the color but muddies the grain.
end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above
another small piece with 3 views --- side view, side view with water sprayed on it, and view showing end grain. The end grain pic shows how the freshly cut wood is lighter than than which has been exposed for a while.
one end of a long plank and closeup. The other, much less figured, end is directly below
the other end of the same plank as directly above, and closeup
rift cut plank, and end grain, cut from the highly figured end of the much larger plank shown above
flat cut plank photographed at a lumber yard --- the pale pink color is correct
The planks and end grain pics in the section below were all sent to me by a correspondant for ID. At first, I did not realize they were ALL jatoba because some of the faces (the quartersawn one in particuarly) did not quite look like jatoba, but after careful examination and particularly after looking at the end grain of each, I determined that thay ARE all jatoba. The photography is excellent and both enlargements are present for all of them.
The planks and end grain pics in the section above were all sent to me by a correspondant for ID. At first, I did not realize they were ALL jatoba because some of the faces (the quartersawn one in particuarly) did not quite look like jatoba, but after careful examination and particularly after looking at the end grain of each, I determined that thay ARE all jatoba. The photography is excellent and both enlargements are present for all of them.
face grain, face grain oiled, side grain, and end grain pics that correspondent John Fuher sent to me for positive ID on the piece. John thought it was jatoba and indeed it is. The characteristic sharply defined grain lines are not at all obvious in the face grain shot or the side grain shot but in the enlargements they are in the oiled shot and in the end grain shot. HUGE enlargments are present.
NOT A RAW WOOD COLOR
NOT A RAW WOOD COLOR
NOT A RAW WOOD COLOR three flooring samples, all listed as "Brazilian cherry" and all coated with a hard shiny finish that has deepened and enriched the color.
the last 2 of the 3 flooring samples above, but with the finish sanded off
flat cut veneer all from the same flitch
flat cut veneer from a different flitch, slightly less red in color
planks with one of them moistened for the pic
plank with wet and dry sections
web pic of the lot from which my own samples directly above were taken
flat cut planks
flat cut planks --- pics all from the same correspondant and I think these colors are likely very accurate
flat cut planks with a very unlikely color (way too green)
misc planks specifically listed as jatoba / Hymenaea courbaril
crotch slabs --- I'm not confident of the color on most of these
scales with color that is outside of my experience with jatoba and seems unlikely to me
flat cut veneer
veneer specifically listed as jatoba / Hymenaea courbaril with the first piece being flat cut and the second two quartersawn
veneer sheet closeup with both levels of enlargement
ribbon stripe veneer
flat cut veneer
flat cut veneer that I won on ebay --- my first set of samples of flat cut veneer are from this lot.
veneer --- these were listed as jatoba but appear to me to be more likely to be ribbon stripe African mahogany or ribbon stripe sapele
unfinished jatoba flooring
flooring with a finish
flooring listed as jatoba / Hymenaea courbaril but with a color that I find unlikely
plank and closeup
these all are from the BogusColorVendor, so I doubt that the wood in these pieces is as bright as is depicted here. In fact, based on the kind of gross misrepresentation that is typical of this vendor, I'd guess the wood is almost pure brown with perhaps a hint of red and no orange at all)
guitar by Gregory Pizzeck
the color of the bowl is so far outside my experience of Jatoba that I believe that either it is incorrect or possibly this is another wood, mis-identified as jatoba, but I cannot say that with full certainty. The grain pattern IS like jatoba, so perhaps this is a true color that I just haven't otherwise run across.
bowl --- the black streaking is outside my experience with jatoba and makes the bowl look much more like goncalo alves than jatoba but the grain IS like jatoba.
bowl; pic submitted by Al Amstutz (and based on my experience, I'd say Al provided a very color-correct pic, keeping in mind that the bowl has a finishing agent applied)
bowls by Bryan Nelson (NelsonWood). Bryan fine-polishes his bowls with 1200 or even higher grit sandpaper while they are spinning at high speed on the lathe and then finishes them there with a friction polish of his own devising, thus achieving a shine and color vibrancy that is beautiful to behold. The COLOR of the wood in these pics, however, does not seem likely --- there appears to be way too much yellow