tallgirlzoe

Brazilwood/Pernambuco

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So I know brazilwood/pernambuco is mainly used for making orchestral bows, but has anyone worked with it in other contexts? If you have, what attracted you to this wood over others?

Also, does anyone have an opinion on the issues surrounding the deforestation of this endangered species?

Thanks a bunch!

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I love it because it not only holds its beautiful color over time, the color (like America black cherry for example) actually enriches over time. Also, it's very easy to work with. Big drawback is that it's expensive.

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40 minutes ago, tallgirlzoe said:

Also, does anyone have an opinion on the issues surrounding the deforestation of this endangered species?

There is some evidence that shows buying these tropical hardwoods helps prevent deforestation of endangered species. The source is from a hardwood dealer so always take it with a grain of salt but the rationale behind it is. The chain of custody that is required for listed species doesn't allow for poached lumber to enter the market stream, at least for the US.

The argument is that revenue that is gained from harvesting the lumber causes the Forrest to have monetary value. Giving the trees value allows them to be harvested for money and will sustain some income for the landowner and various workers. If there wasn't any value to keep the trees they would then look for other ways to make money off their land. This alternative is usually clear cutting the whole area and converting it to agriculture land. If they don't export the lumber or try and sell it the local governments don't have resources or means to stop them from clear cutting the Forrest. I have some skepticism for the argument but it also makes sense to a degree. The same thing happens in the US so it's not just a foreign problem.

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