Jatoba (Hymenaea courbaril)
Central and South America, Mexico, and the West Indies
The heartwood ranges from dark, red-brown to light orange brown with sapwood that is light grey-yellow. Colour tends to darken with exposure to light.
The grain is typically interlocked and prone to tearout when worked with hand tools. It also has a blunting effect on all edge tools and is considered difficult to work.
Flooring, furniture, cabinetry, tool handles, hand planes, and other decorative objects.
Jatoba is exceptionally stiff, strong, and hard—representing a great value for woodworkers seeking high-strength, low-cost lumber. It is a favorite for making long-lasting wooden hand planes.