A heavy, dense wood obtained from the Cordia gerascanthus tree native to the Caribbean and South America. Canalete is a dark reddish brown wood with irregular black streaks. It has a medium texture and a straight grain. Canalete finishes to a smooth surface with a medium luster except for the black figuring which has a metallic sheen. It is used for furniture, cabinets, brush handles, and decorative objects.
Synonyms and Related Terms
Cordia gerascanthus; siricote (Mexico); salmwood (British Honduras); Ecuador laurel, princewood (UK); louro, lauro (Brazil); peterebi (Argentina); caroubier (Fr.); canaletta; cordia; anaconda; geiger tree; sebestena; bocote; solera; ziricote; amapa, baria
Physical and Chemical Properties
- Density = 50-60 ppcf
Resources and Citations
- Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
- Kribs, Commercial Foreign woods on the American market