Zebrawood is used to describe several tree species and the wood derived from them. Zebrawood is characterized by a striped pattern that is reminiscent of a zebra.
This tree can grow to a height of 120' and a diameter of around 5', with large buttressing at the root end. The tree twists and turns to find the sun as it outgrows the other species in its environment. The result is an interlocking grain that potentially makes it difficult to work with.
Zebrawood’s heartwood is pale yellow brown with narrow dark streaks that create a striping pattern which can vary from log to log.
A tough wood, it is used in ski equipment as well as tool handles. Zebrawood is a popular choice for turnery, as much for its properties as its distinctive look. It also is used in sculpture, carvings and small specialty items such as jewelry boxes, frames and decorative handles.
While zebrawood’s texture can be coarse when raw, the wood has a very lustrous look. It is said to work well with both hand and machine tools