Caribbean Rosewood // Metopium browneii

Caribbean Rosewood lumber wood, Metopium browneii lumber for woodworking
"You'll be amazed and wonder if this wood is real - the potpourri of swirls, color, and grain are no small matter and Caribbean Rosewood is beautiful because of it. Make some stout projects because it's hard, heavy and dense. But the wood is easy to finish, and looks downright stunning. "
color of Caribbean Rosewood
Color Range
Dark reddish brown to golden brown or tan with lots of variation and alternating color.
other names for Caribbean Rosewood
Other Names
Black poisonwood, Caribbean Rosewood, Chechem, Chechem negro, Chechen, Poisontree, Rosewood
uses for Caribbean Rosewood
Some Typical Uses
Furniture, flooring, turnery, accessories, musical instruments, small parts, cutting boards, picture frames, jewelry boxes
the Caribbean Rosewood tree
What's the Tree Like?
Medium trees reaching up to 50 feet in height with a diameter of 18-24". Sap is said to be caustic and should be avoided, but the wood is not poisonous
Caribbean Rosewood grows in Latin America
map of where Caribbean Rosewood grows


lbs /Bd. Ft.
32.68% heavier than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)


Janka Rating
70.54% harder than red oak (1290 psi)


Specific Gravity
15.62% more dense than red oak (.64)

General Workability
Good 4/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
V. Fine 2/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Easy 2/10
Red Oak