Jatoba is a wood species most commonly found in South America and the Caribbean listed by the International Union for the conservation of nature (IUCN) as a species of least concern. Sometimes known as Brazilian Cherry this tough, dense and durable wood makes an excellent belly wood able to cope with lots of compression forces. Turning a deep red after a finish is applied. This wood is not a member of the cherry family at all but is instead a legume species, Hymenaea courbaril. It is also known as jatoba, locust, or courbaril.
As the common name implies, Brazilian cherry (Jatoba) does hail from the rainforests of Brazil. It is an extremely hard wood, with a Janka hardwood rating of 2350. It is roughly eighty-one percent harder than red oak, seventy-eight percent harder than ash, about sixty-two percent harder than hard maple, close to twenty-three percent harder than jarrah, and is just over six percent harder than santos mahogany's ranking of 2200.
While some might say its hard to work I'd suggest it's no different than some of the other tropical hardwoods, edged tools are fine as long as a wet stone keen edge is used and files/rasps are also a excellent choice. Jatoba accepts finishes very well. A super dense belly wood able to cope with high compression forces on a small profile bow design, meaning high poundage bows with small dimensions and less paradox.
Dimensions are 76-78" long by 1 1/4" wide by 1/4" deep.
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