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Canarywood, scientifically known as Centrolobium spp., is a hardwood species native to Central and South America. It is highly valued for its vibrant yellow to orange heartwood with streaks of red and pink, creating a striking and unique appearance in woodworking.

Appearance and Characteristics

Canarywood is celebrated for its vibrant yellow to orange heartwood, often accented with streaks of red and pink. The wood's coloration can vary widely, with some pieces exhibiting a more uniform hue and others displaying a more dramatic contrast of colors. Canarywood typically has a straight to interlocked grain pattern and a fine to medium texture. It is moderately heavy, typically weighing around 3.5 to 4.0 pounds per board foot (794 to 907 kilograms per cubic meter).


Canarywood is known for its workability, making it relatively easy to machine, cut, shape, and sand. The wood can be planed and turned smoothly, and it holds screws and nails well. Canarywood glues and finishes effectively, allowing for the creation of polished and refined woodworking projects. Woodworkers appreciate Canarywood for its vibrant color and versatility in crafting visually appealing items.

Uses in Woodworking

Canarywood is often sought after for its vibrant appearance in various woodworking applications, including:

  • Decorative Woodworking: Canarywood is commonly used in decorative woodworking, such as inlays, turnings, and small projects. Its bold and brilliant color adds eye-catching detail to projects.

  • Turnings: Canarywood is a favored choice for woodturning, where its vibrant hue can create stunning bowls, pens, and other turned items with visual impact.

  • Fine Boxes: Canarywood is often used for crafting fine boxes and chests, adding a burst of color to the interiors and exteriors of these pieces.

  • Furniture Accents: While not as commonly used for large furniture pieces, Canarywood is occasionally used for accents, inlays, and decorative elements in furniture design.


Canarywood offers good durability for various applications:

  • Indoor Use: Canarywood is suitable for indoor applications, particularly for decorative woodworking, turnings, and small items. It can withstand normal wear and use when properly finished and maintained.

  • Outdoor Use: Canarywood is not recommended for outdoor use, as it is not inherently resistant to moisture and weather conditions. It is primarily chosen for interior projects.

  • Bug/Insect and Rot Resistance: Canarywood is not inherently resistant to insects and decay, so it is best suited for indoor applications where its vibrant color can be fully appreciated.

Canarywood's striking color, workability, and versatility in adding vibrant details make it a favored choice for various woodworking projects, particularly those looking to create pieces with a bold and visually captivating character.