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Koa title
Origin of Wood Type:
Hawaii
Botanical Name:
Acacia Koa
Specific Gravity:
.67
Avg. Weight Per BF (?):
3.42 lb/ bf
Color Range:
Yellow- Gold- Red- Pink- Brown
Rarity / Availability: (?):
Rare
Typical Avg. Width:
4" to 20", rarely can be found up to 50" inches wide!
Typical Avg. Length:
6' to 10' feet, rarely found up to 14' feet long
Avg. Waste Factor (?):
50%

Wood Uses:

Fine Furniture, Cabinetry, Architecural Millwork, Ukuleles, Guitar Building / Instrument making, Wood Turning, Boat Building, Wood Carving, Flooring, Veneer and many other uses!
lumber Grades (?):

Common 1 & 2, Select and Better, FAS, Quarter-Sawn, Quarter-Sawn (Figured), Flitch, Figured (Heavy), Figured (Medium), Veneer

Other Trade Names:

Hawaiin Acacia, Acacia

Description:

Koa maybe the most spectacular hardwood in the world! I know of no other wood possessing the chatoyancy or range of colors of koa.  The spirit of the volcano lives in this tree and radiates from the lumber. The problem with koa is that it only grows on one set of islands in the world, only well on one island and only at its best at higher elevations. The wild cattle and pigs on the Big Island of Hawaii find immature koa bark to be a delicacy and can strip an acre of these shoots in one night. This keeps this once plentiful specie from regenerating. Very little koa remains in agriculture zones in which harvesting is permitted. Most of the remaining koa is in the conservation zone in which harvesting is usually prohibited. When established, koa grows rapidly enjoying the finest climate, rainfall and soil. Hopefully more people will protect this specie from invasive mammals and allow it to flourish again. Koa can be found on the other Hawaiian Islands but as a rule lacks the complete package of koa from the Big Island.
*Can be highly figured
*Wide range of colors
*Superior tonewood
*Highest levels of chatoyancy
*Specie under distress by ranches
*One of the finest and most expensive hardwood lumbers

Note: All pictures of boards that appear wet, have been wiped with denature alcohol to help show natural color. We use denature alcohol because it evaporates and does not effect the moisture content of the wood. Also, please keep in mind that the pictures below are only examples of the wood and not actual products available for sale.

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