Exotic Woods Native to Brazil
Yes that’s right the World Cup is on you know, in fact it will soon be drawing to a conclusion with the 3rd placed playoff today between Holland and host nation Brazil and the World Cup final tomorrow between Argentina and Germany, now football doesn’t really have much relevance with Cue Sports, however, Brazil as a country does, but you may not realise it.
Many of the most beautiful exotic woods that we see being used in snooker cues and pool cues actually originate in Brazilian forests. Below I am going to take a look at a few of these amazing chunks of wood that are found in many cues sold here in the UK. As with many exotic woods of the world these woods are expensive, rare and in some cases endangered.
This is a wood very regularly used in snooker cue and pool cue products and is a cheaper and lighter alternative on the whole to ebony. There are many different varieties of Rosewood available but two of them are native to Brazil, however due to the regulation of these woods the Rosewood used in cues nowadays is more likely to be East Indian Rosewood. There are a number of Peradon Cues that utilise Rosewood either in the complete make up of the butt section or as a decorative splice. Look at the Peradon Crown, Peradon Century and the Peradon Storm.
– Amazon Rosewood
Expensive but is not listed on the endangered species list.
– Brazilian Rosewood
Endangered species and is very expensive and generally sales of this are highly regulated.
This stunning wood is native to North Eastern Brazil and in snooker and pool cues is generally used as a decorative splice or as a secondary four point splice. It is a very scarce exotic wood and as a result is expensive and only available in smaller pieces rather than large boards. It is actually related to Rosewood as a species. This wood can be used as a front splice the Cue Craft Royal Standard (My own cue has Tulipwood), the Peradon Gloucester also uses Tulipwood in the front splice and the wood lends itself to being used as a splice without a veneer behind it.
A rich dark and beautifully grained wood Kingwood is another close family member to Rosewood and is another exotic species that hails from Brazil and in parts Mexico as well. Not available in larger stock partly due to the small size of the tree but also because it is very expensive and generally used as front splices or decorative inlays. Check the Peradon Ascot and Peradon Salisbury for good examples of use of Kingwood.
There are thousands of exotic species in the world and many more from Brazil but only certain are available and workable for making snooker and pool cues, this article gives you a small insight into the woods that are out there and can be used to decorate your next cue whether you by a production model or a custom cue.
If you are interested more deeply in the woods being used then a great source of information is the Wood Database which gives a myriad of information with some great images and examples of the woods in use.
What’s your favourite wood for use in a snooker cue? Answer in the comments.