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China Berry
China Berry
China Berry

China Berry

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All wood is reclaimed from fallen trees out of the San Antonio area. All wood has been kiln dried unless otherwise noted.

Eligible for in store pickup unless special arrangements have been made for shipping with the sales office 210-544-5778.

About China Berry

Janka Hardness: 990 lbf

Color/Appearance: Color can range from a light pinkish orange to a deeper reddish brown. Color becomes darker upon prolonged exposure to light. Well-defined sapwood is a lighter yellow.
Grain/Texture: Grain is usually straight, though occasionally interlocked. Texture is coarse and uneven, though with a pronounced natural luster.
Endgrain: Ring-porous (or sometimes semi-ring-porous); 2-4 rows of large earlywood pores, small to medium latewood pores in tangential, diagonal, or clustered arrangement; reddish brown heartwood deposits present in earlywood; rays may be just barely visible without lens; parenchyma vasicentric, confluent, and banded (marginal).
Rot Resistance: There are many conflicting reports on Chinaberry’s durability. The heartwood is generally considered at least moderately durable, and somewhat resistant to insect attack.
Workability: Due to it’s moderate density and generally straight grain, Chinaberry is quite easy to work: it cuts, planes, sands, and glues well. Perhaps the only difficulty is in its large pores, which tend to give a very open and grainy finished appearance, which may need to be filled, particularly if a smooth glossy surface is desired. (Though if left as-is, it serves well in applications where a rustic look is desired.)
Odor: No characteristic odor.
Allergies/Toxicity: Although severe reactions are quite uncommon, Chinaberry has been reported to cause skin and respiratory irritation, as well as headaches. See the articles Wood Allergies and Toxicity and Wood Dust Safety for more information.
Sustainability: This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Common Uses: Veneer, carvings, furniture, and turned objects.