Guatambu lumber wood, Balfourodendron riedelianum lumber for woodworking

Guatambu // Balfourodendron riedelianum

The wood is usually compared with Hard Maple for workability; however Guatambu is more yellow. Generally straight grain, dense with fine, uniform texture that works beautifully and even carves like a charm. Can be worked without much difficulty. Excellent turning wood. Very strong with excellent wear properties.
color of Guatambu
Color Range
Cream to lemon yellow.
other names for Guatambu
Other Names
Guatambu, Guatambu blanco, Ivorywood, Marfim, Pau liso, Pau marfim
uses for Guatambu
Some Typical Uses
Bent Parts, Boat building, Bobbins, Cabinetmaking, Canoes, Carvings, Chairs, Chests, Concealed parts (Furniture), Decorative plywood, Decorative veneer, Desks, Dining-room furniture, Domestic flooring, Dowell pins, Dowells, Drawer sides, Excelsior, Figured veneer, Fine furniture, Floor lamps, Flooring, Furniture , Furniture components, Furniture squares or stock, Handles, Hatracks, Interior construction, Interior trim, Joinery, Kitchen cabinets, Lifeboats, Living-room suites, Marquetry, Moldings, Office furniture, Paneling , Parquet flooring, Plywood, Radio, stereo, TV cabinets, Rustic furniture, Shafts/Handles, Shipbuilding, Shuttles, Spindles, Spools, Stair rails, Stairworks, Stools, Stringers, Sub-flooring, Tables , Textile equipment, Tool handles, Turnery, Utility furniture, Veneer, Wainscotting, Wardrobes, Woodwork
the Guatambu tree
What's the Tree Like?
With a maximum height of about 80 feet and diameters up to 30", the tree is not large. It produces a well formed bole up to 30 feet.
Guatambu grows in Latin America
map of where Guatambu grows


lbs /Bd. Ft.
16.48% heavier than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)


Janka Rating
73.64% harder than red oak (1290 psi)


Specific Gravity
25.00% more dense than red oak (.64)

General Workability
Good 3/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
V. Fine 2/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Good 3/10
Red Oak