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02-04-2017 12:36 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tigerwood brazilian koa shopping where to buy looking for

Hi all,

I’m brand new to the forum so I apologize if this isn’t the right place to ask this. I’m brainstorming a dining table and I’d really love to use some fancy exotic wood for the tabletop – specifically, I have my heart set on Brazilian Koa/Tigerwood. Unfortunately I’m in a fairly rural area in western Colorado, and the local places really don’t have anything beyond the standard aspen, walnut, maple, etc.

Any ideas where I might be able to find (or special order) some Tigerwood? I’m not opposed to shopping online; or if anyone has recommendations to hit up in Denver I do make it over the mountains on occasion. Please direct me!!


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Rich

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#1 posted 02-04-2017 01:04 AM

Its more common name is Goncalo Alves. Tigerwood and Jobillo are other common names for the same wood. Not sure if that will help, but at least you’ll recognize it under those names if you run across anything.

There are many sources of exotic wood online that will ship to you. Depending on quantity and sizes, the costs could run quite high however.

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#2 posted 02-04-2017 01:14 AM

No idea where to get it in your area, but be aware in your search that there is no such thing as Brazilian Koa. The hardwood flooring industry is famous for making up crazy ass names for flooring.
That said, Tigerwood is kind of a generic name for different species that ‘sort of’ look like what your looking for, Goncalo Alves. Sometimes it’s Goncalo Alves, sometimes it isn’t.
https://www.google.ca/search?q=Goncalo+Alves&biw=1247&bih=602&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjti5GynvXRAhUG04MKHQSrAV8Q_AUIBigB
Also be aware, that it isn’t a very suitable lumber for unstable climates. Colorado has a climate similar to Alberta(where I am). I’ve seen it do some crazy stuff from one season to the next, and sometimes during mid season. There was about a 5 year span here where it was very popular here(6-8 years ago), then just faded away because of all the instability problems….much like another exotic, Jatoba.
Also be aware that it’s quite oily/waxy and can be a challenge to glue. You have to pay very close attention to surface prep before gluing.
I’m not a fan of it personally.

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#3 posted 02-04-2017 01:40 AM

Depends on where you live. I just bought 80 bd ft of Tigerwood a couple of days ago @ $4 bd ft. here in southern Louisiana

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#4 posted 02-04-2017 02:37 AM



Depends on where you live. I just bought 80 bd ft of Tigerwood a couple of days ago @ $4 bd ft. here in southern Louisiana

- Cajun Wood Artist

From where? If I may ask.

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#5 posted 02-04-2017 02:58 AM

Depends on where you live. I just bought 80 bd ft of Tigerwood a couple of days ago @ $4 bd ft. here in southern Louisiana
- Cajun Wood Artist_

From where? If I may ask.
- BulldogLouisiana

The hot link in the post from Cajun is the link to a craigslist ad.
I’d go buy some of it if I was a little closer.
.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#6 posted 02-04-2017 03:46 AM


Depends on where you live. I just bought 80 bd ft of Tigerwood a couple of days ago @ $4 bd ft. here in southern Louisiana
- Cajun Wood Artist_

From where? If I may ask.
- BulldogLouisiana

The hot link in the post from Cajun is the link to a craigslist ad.
I d go buy some of it if I was a little closer.
.

- jimintx

I guess I went colorblind for a bit. Thanks

-- There are 10 types of people in the world. Those who understand binary and those who don't.

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#7 posted 02-04-2017 01:55 PM

Cook woods has zebra wood. Here is a link http://www.cookwoods.com/wood-by-species/zebra

I am not affiliated with them.

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#8 posted 02-04-2017 02:21 PM

Try Crosscut Hardwoods.

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#9 posted 02-04-2017 03:26 PM

This place used to have a good selection of Gonçalo Alves.And they do get stuff in that’s not posted.
Hope you have a woodworker and a good plan.
https://www.tehwoods.com/

Aj

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#10 posted 02-04-2017 04:40 PM

You can buy him off the golf course pretty cheap. A little broken down and rusty.
I couldn’t help myself.
Bill

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#11 posted 02-04-2017 05:04 PM

Try West Penn Hardwoods they ship to you. Located in NC, I buy from them they are local to me.
https://www.westpennhardwoods.com/Default.aspx

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#12 posted 02-04-2017 05:11 PM



You can buy him off the golf course pretty cheap. A little broken down and rusty.
I couldn t help myself.
Bill

- Bill White

This one is well struck.
.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#13 posted 02-04-2017 05:27 PM

http://www.woodworkerssource.com/ Wonderful people to deal with. I’ve purchased wood from them every so often for 20 years.

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