Which one is correct, Tigerwood, Tigerwoods or Tiger Woods? This probably is the question which brought you to this blog post. Believe it or not, up until recently I had my doubts about this as well! So, I decided to write this blog post, to hopefully help clear things up.
Here is the short answer: Tigerwoods (Tiger Woods) is the name of the world-famous professional golfer. Tigerwood, on the other hand, is a common name for wood products of several different species of tropical trees.
In this post, we are going to talk about Tigerwood (wood products) because, of course, it is related to the purpose of woodmaze.com. But in case you are here because of the Champ, Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods, one of the “greatest golfers of all time” and one of the “most famous athletes in the world” (according to his website and many other sources), we do not want to let you leave empty-handed! So, you might find this blog post interesting: 19 things you didn’t know about Tiger Woods.
Tigerwood: All you need to know
Wonderful characteristics of Tigerwood
There is a reason for naming it Tigerwood: The texture. Dark and bold stripes resemble the skin patterns and coloration of a tiger. It is a beautiful exotic wood, extremely dense, about 70% harder than the Red Oak (Janka Hardness Scale between 1850 to 2160, depending on where the wood is coming from), which makes it extremely strong and durable; In fact, one of the strongest and most durable types of wood.
Tigerwood is resistant to water, rot, mold, and fungus, which makes it the perfect choice for decks, flooring, and exterior use. Due to its beautiful, exotic, and dramatic look, it is also a perfect choice for interiors and furniture. Perhaps many would like to use it for their kitchen or living room wooden floor.
When it comes to durability, it’s one of the best types of wood one could find. The wood could last for more than 50 years, because of its extreme resistance to water, insects, sunlight, and decay. Because of such wonderful characteristics, Tigerwood is a good option for making boats.
Different types of Tigerwood
Tigerwood is not the name of a specific tree or its lumber. Several different tropical trees are the source of the wood that we call Tigerwood.
Gonçalo Alves, from Brazil, is one of them, which again is a broader term for several species:
Brazil is one of the largest exporters of Tigerwood. But there are other types (Erythrina standleyana and Erythrina rubrinervia) coming from South America and Central America, countries such as Mexico and Ecuador. Africa is also the source of one type of wood (Lovoa trichilioides), which again, in the United States is referred to as Tigerwood.
African walnut, courbaril, bototo, zorrowood, muiracatiara, Congo wood, and Brazilian koa are all categorized under what we call Tigerwood.
Pros and Cons
Pros of Tigerwood:
- Attractive, exotic, and dramatic look.
- High level of hardness and density (up to 2160 in Janka measure.)
- Workability: Despite its density, tigerwood is not that hard to work with (But it needs professional hand tools and experience! Smooth-cutting the edges could be tricky, and it is recommended to drill before hammering a nail.)
- Durability and resistance to water, rot, mold, fungus, insects, and decay.
- Long-lasting: up to 50+ years.
- Responds well to air-drying.
- It’s not cheap, but more affordable, compared to some other types of wood such as ipe or redwood.
Cons of tigerwood:
- Not a DIY project type of wood for most people! It is moderately hard to work with and needs professional tools and experience.
- Being resistant to moisture makes it hard to glue.
- It turns darker over time. Especially when used for exteriors and is exposed to sunlight. Proper care may slow down this process, but it will not stop it.
- Some species of tigerwood can cause an allergic reaction. Normally not severe, but they may result in irritation of eyes and skin, especially during the time of the woodworking. Using proper masks, shades and gloves is recommended.
- It grows in rainforests. Although it is still not considered an endangered tree, some countries such as Brazil, which is one of the largest tigerwood resources of the world, are applying some restrictions on cutting and export.
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