Cumaru, Dipteryx odorata, is a species native to Brazil and Northern South America. Also called Tonka Bean, the tree is grown on plantations for its vanilla-cinnamon scented seed called the tonka bean which contains a chemical compound called coumarin. Cumaru is also called Brazilian Teak and is used extensively for flooring as it is a dense wood that is ideal for this use. Colors range from yellow, golden, brown, and violet, to some reddish contrasting streaks in some pieces. Trees grow 125 to 160 ft. tall and 3-5 ft. in diameter. The wood contains natural wax which is good for bowl turners! The slight vanilla or cinnamon like smell that is emitted when the wood is worked makes for a pleasant turning experience. Uses include but are not limited to: flooring, cabinetry, furniture, heavy construction, docks, railroad ties, bearings, handles, and other turned objects. Cumaru is considered a good value and is not a threatened species. These beautiful blanks were cut 8 months ago and have lost some (10-20%) of their original moisture but are considered freshly cut. They are ideal for twice turning. Nearly all pieces are wax sealed to protect them during shipping and prior to use.
Rustic piece with checks/incursions.