Giant Jatoba (Brazilian Cherry) Turning Wood
Known as Jatoba in Brazil, Brazilian Cherry is a large tree with white blossoms above the rainforest canopy; these scattered trees are a remarkable sight when flying over at a low altitude. Generally, trees grow in a range from Southern Mexico to South/Central Brazil. Jatoba is dense and durable and has become a favorite for flooring and cabinet manufacturing. Rich, warm coloration varies with combinations of reds, golden browns, and green streaks that are more pronounced than American Cherry. There are usually interesting patterns in the wood as well. Jatoba is denser than American cherry by 30% which is great for turners wanting a natural high polish and a bowl that will not dent as easily as American Cherry.

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