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ZEBRAWOOD

Microberlinia brazzavillensis and Microberlinia bisulcata





my samples: --- colors are accurate


both sides of a sample plank of quartersawn zebrano / Microberilinia brazzavillensis --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of quartersawn zebrano / Microberilinia brazzavillensis --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


both sides of a sample plank of zebrawood / Microberlinia brazzavillensis --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above

NOT a raw wood color
sample plank, with a finishing agent, shot in a woodworking store. HUGE enlargements are present


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


Misc planks photographed at lumber yards --- HUGE enlargements are present


plank and closeup and end grain shot --- the end grain shot has the most accurate color representation


plank and closeup and end grain shot --- the end grain shot has the most accurate color representation


plank and end grain


plank and closeup --- the pics have a pink tint that is not in the wood


a couple of small pieces with end grain including one with some sapwood. The end grain shot was well focused, so there is a 2nd enlargement to really show the end grain up close, but the color on all these shots has just a hint too much red.


end grain closeups of the two small pieces directly above --- the color is slightly too dark and washed out


both END GRAIN UPDATES from directly above


planks


quartersawn plank showing edge grain of the type sometimes called "face grain", meaning "flat cut surface that is on the edge (but which is normally on the face)"


a bunch of small pieces cut from various flawed (cracked) larger planks


a set of very small planks from a mixed lot, and a closeup.


both sides of a small piece --- HUGE enlargements are present for both these and the pics directly below


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


a couple of small thin pieces


sections of a couple of shots I took at a lumber yard --- the right hand pic is of the same pile down below where the first pic was taken, and it shows some sapwood with a small amount stain that is either a mineral stain or the fairly common "blue stain"


two sections cut from the same long plank, and a closeup of the pair


plank


some small, thin planks


small plank purchased specifically because it has a knot area that has created some nice swirl in the pattern. Having now cut this up into smaller pieces to use in my bowls, I am glad I got it since the pieces did, as I had hoped the would, come out to be ones that will look great on the rim of a bowl.


small plank and end grain. I chose this one to photograph because of the very strong color contrast in the grain that almost makes it look like macassar ebony


end grain closeup of the piece directly above


set of small pieces, showing a wide variety of grain patterns and at least some variations in color. Both enlargements are available for all three pics and the color is particularly accurate on these.


face and end grain of two little pieces of spalted zebrawood that I got in a mixed lot


HIGH GRIT END GRAIN CLOSEUP from directly above


plank


plank


plank


a bunch of planks from a lumber yard. I color-corrected the pics as best I could but the color is a bit too pinkish.


large turning sticks


veneer with accurate color, although somehow the pic makes this piece look just a little more rich in color than reality, it is a good representation of the grain pattern.


veneer --- very accurate representation


slightly more lively veneer with accurate color which is more red than is usually the case for this wood.


absolute "classic" quartersawn zebrawood. In both color and grain pattern, this sheet is about as "typical" as you can find.


another veneer sheet just showing some variation in the pattern --- in this sheet, the light colored areas are larger and lighter than is usually the case, and the grain is more wavy than usual.


"bird's eye" zebrawood veneer --- the first sheet is 2 feet long and has absolutlely no eyes at all but comes from a longer sheet that did in fact have a few "eyes", as shown in the 2nd pic. Reputable vendors list "bird's eye" zebrawood, but the number of eyes is a joke. These sheets are fairly representative and there are a couple of web pics down at the bottom of this page.


flat cut veneer sheet and closeup --- the color on the distance pic is just slightly off but the closeup is very accurate.


bookmatched zebrano veneer sheets and a closeup of another sheet --- pic contributed by Danny Tjan, whom I thank for these and other contributions to the site. HUGE enlargements are present for the closeup, showing the grain in great detail.


mildly oddball plank that was on sale at a wood show



web pics:


planks with both wet and dry sections; the first was listed as zebrawood, the second as zebrawood / Microberlinia bisculcata (and note that this is an incorrect spelling of what should be Microberlinia bisulcata). The purple color in the first one is very unlikely.


nice shot of end grain


both sides of a really nice flat cut plank --- as you can see from the pics on this page, zebrawood is usually quartersawn since that's what gives it the distinctive zebra striping, but obviously flat cut can have spectacular results. The yellow color is almost certainly exaggerated.


bookmatched flat cut planks


flat cut plank quartersawn planks and closeup, listed as zebrawood / Microberlinia brazzavillensis


flat cut planks


quartersawn planks listed as zebrawood / Microberlinia Brazzavillensis


quartersawn planks listed as Microberlinia bisculata


misc quartersawn planks


two sides and a closeup of a quartersawn plank


quartersawn plank and closeup --- I'm sure that the color in the pics is more green than the wood really is


misc planks


planks all from the same vendor and listed as zebrawood / Microberlinia brazzavillensis


planks, all from the same vendor and listed as zebrawood / Microberlinia brazzavillensis --- these all show sapwood with numerous bug (or worm) holes that show up very well in the 2nd enlargement


plank and closeup


a closeup


an unusually swirly piece


on these two pics of long planks, there is an apparent optical interference pattern in the picture that goes away when you click to the biggest enlargement


planks --- on the very last pic, the color includes too much yellow to be anywere near normal.


planks --- the first two have WAY too much red and the last one looks very accurate in color


bowl blanks


turning stock all listed as zebrawood Microberlinia brazzavillensis


turning stock


turning stock (enlargement gets rid of the optical interference pattern that makes the lines look jagged)


pen blanks listed as zebrawood / Microberlinia brazzavillensis


pen blanks, all from the same owner


pen blanks


plank, side grain and end grain --- this is from the BogusColorVendor so the red color on the top of the side grain is likely bogus. The upper surface on the top of the side grain picture shows another example of what flat cut zebrawood looks like and also shows quite clearly how the difference in cutting results in the quartersawn zebra-strip look and the swirly-grain flat cut look.


end grain scales


pen blanks with way off-color greed tint --- zebrawood can have a green tint, but nothing like this.


quartersawn veneer listed as Microberlinia bisulcata


veneer listed as Microberlinia brazzavillensis --- first a flat cut piece, then a quartersawn piece, then a quartersawn bookmatched pair


flat cut veneer


quartersawn veneer --- some of these colors are just silly


veneer, all from the same vendor, and it's a vendor whos pics tend to make veneer look more bland than it really is


veneer sheet closeup with both levels of enlargement


"birdseye" veneer --- a VERY few tiny eyes doesn't (to me anyway) justify calling this birdseye.


spalted veneer





a zebrawood cabinet (and closeups) found in a Hyatt hotel in Jersey City. The lighting was poor and my flash could not overcome it, so the distance pic appears much more washed out than the cabinet really was. The last closeup gives a better representation of what the wood really looks like, but none of these pics really does justice to the piece.


chair


bowl turned by one of my correspondents, whose name I have temporarily misplaced


guitar --- very nice use of flat cut zebrawood


guitar back of quartersawn zebrawood


guitar back listed as zebrawood / Microberlina brazzavillensis


the top of a jewelry box made from the bookmatched pieces of a rift cut plank with sapwood (the two pieces are bookmatched diagonally on the box-top, so the sapwood is in the middle) and it appears to be either blue stained or spalted or both


bowls --- really nicely done set


12"x3" bowl turned and photographed by John Fuher, who has it as zebrano. Huge enlargements are present which show the grain very nicely, although John had the F-stop too low so only the foreground is in focus. Thanks for the pic John.


bowls


top and side views of a bowl


Two bowls by Steve Earis. The first has what I see as unusually good color representation in the pic and Steve tells me that's at least partially because it had no finish on it at the time of the pic. The first is 7" across and unfinished and the second is 7.5" across and has one coat of Danish oil and has been buffed.


shallow bowls


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. These bowls are all about 5" across.


some bowls that I shot at a craft store that mostly sold wooden bowls. The second one was on a stand that made it about waist height and that's a salad tossing "fork" in it (the second of the pair is just visible over the rim).


from the ones for sale in this store, my wife bought this bowl for our daughter. I like the way the wood layup allows all surfaces to be quartersawn grain except for the upper rim. HUGE enlargements are present


turned boxes with acorn styled tops


hollow forms





zebrawood highlight on one of my laminated bowls. On the left is the raw wood and on the right is after a single application of natural stain. Polyurethane will follow later. The enlargements will show particularly clearly how the pores are quite visible. They (the pores) show up quite white in the raw pic but that's because they are clogged with zebrawood sawdust. After the stain was applied they were less visible, although certainly not INvisible. With the application of polyurethane, they will become quite subdued.


zebrawood "ashtray bowl", with and without the ashtray insert; enlargements shown grain in great detail