Materials & Care
Vatairea lundellii (Mora)
Mora as it is known in Nicaragua, due to its durability, stability, and attractive features, is used for a variety of purposes from furniture to interior and exterior construction. Mora is a highly workable hardwood that responds well to gluing and use of fasteners. Once dry, it is an easy hardwood to seal, readily accepting finishes and treatments. Overall, a very durable tropical hardwood, Mora possesses high natural resistance to both dry wood borers, like termites, and rotting. Its grain, also responds to preservative treatments well, making it a preferable choice for exterior construction. Furniture, doors, windows, structural components (interior and exterior), joinery, decking, railroad crossties, veneers, paneling, cabinetry.
Coyote (Platymiscium spp )
This wood goes by a number of common names, with none of them having a clear predominance. Macacauba or Macawood is usually used when referring to the lumber, while Hormigo is more commonly used for specialty applications such as turning or musical instruments. Orange Agate has also been used as a trade name to help sell the wood.Heartwood color can be highly variable, ranging from a bright red to a darker reddish or purplish brown, frequently with darker stripes. Heartwood is rated as durable to very durable regarding decay resistance, with good resistance to insect attacks as well. Overall, good working characteristics for both hand and machine tools, though areas of interlocked grain should be approached with care to avoid tearout. Able to take a very high natural polish. Turns and glues well. No characteristic odor. Expect prices to be moderate for an imported exotic hardwood. Furniture, cabinetry, veneer, musical instruments, turned objects, and small specialty wood items.
Laurel (Cordia Alliodora)
The timber of laurel (Cordia alliodora) is highly valued and used extensively throughout its natural range. The texture is fine and quite homogeneous. The sapwood is light yellowish brown, and the heartwood shows a dark grayish brown color with dark brown or blackish veins. The dimensional stability is excellent. The wood is easily worked, easy to preserve, and has high natural durability .Cordia alliodora is widely used for internal and external construction, general carpentry, furniture, railroads, bridge structures, veneers, boats, and beveled board, and it is very good for pulp paper production. It grows naturally from Mexico, throughout all Central America and South America to Paraguay, southern Brazil and the north of Argentina. The tree grows under a wide variety of ecological conditions and soils, as well as from sea level to 1200 m (3937 feet) close to the Central Valley.
Ñamber: (Cocobolo) (Dalbergia Retusa)
Rated as very durable, and also resistant to insect attack. Its natural oils are reported to give it good resistance to degrade from wet/dry cycles. Cocobolo has excellent turning properties. Cocobolo is in limited supply, and is also in relatively high demand, (for ornamental purposes), and is likely to be quite expensive. One of today’s most prized lumbers for its outstanding color and figure.
Royal Mahogany (Carapa guianensis)
In Nicaragua Royal Mahogany is also known as Cedro Macho. Carapa guianensis is in the mahogany family and has a gorgeous light reddish brown color similar to true mahogany (Swetenia macrophylla). Part of the beauty of Royal Mahogany is the variety within its grain ranging from dark areas to light. The natural contrast occurring within its hue makes Royal Mahogany ideal for natural oil finishes that enhance the subtle and interesting shifts on the surface. Royal Mahogany is a character wood with interesting knots, resin pockets, and grain patterns that provide the real natural wood intrigue. Royal Mahogany produces a spectacular table top, and is lighter in weight than Rosita Walnut, Teak or Canela.