Janka Hardness Scale: 3190
Origin: Brazil, Panama, Suriname, Peru, French Guiana, and Colombia
Exotic, extremely hard wood
Most Brazilian Redwood is milled in South America because it is more cost effective. The lumber usually comes in 1-7′ lengths and 2 1/4″ to 5″ widths as to fit into shipping containers. If long lengths or wider planks are desired, raw lumber is sent to the U.S. and milled there. This usually doubles the price because of labor and waste costs. Also, raw lumber is taxed heavily to support the South American economies.
- Clear grade is the most popular. It is color sorted for a consistent, rich red color. Only the heartwood is used in this grade.
- Select and Better grade has some color variation, allowing for yellows and tans.