Chechen Wood: The Strong and Flexible Material You Need for Your Next Project

Chechen Wood: The Strong and Flexible Material You Need for Your Next Project

If you're looking for a strong, yet flexible wood to use in your next project, look no further than Chechen! This hardwood is native to the  Dominican Republic, Cuba, Jamaica, northern Guatemala, and Belize, Bonaire is commonly used for furniture and further applications. 


The Chechen is known for its durability and resistance to moisture, making it an excellent choice for outdoor projects. In this blog post, we will discuss the many uses of Chechen wood and how to select the best lumber for your needs.

Common Name

Black Poisonwood, Caribean rosewood

Scientific Name 

Metopium Brownei


Dominican Republic, Cuba, Jamaica, Guatemala, Belize, and southeastern Mexico

Janka Hardness

2,250 lbf(10,010 N)

What is Chechen wood

Chechen wood ( Metopium Brownei) also known as Black Poisonwood, is strong, durable and rot resistant. Chechen wood is native to Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Southeastern Mexico. 


  • What does Chechen wood look alike?:
    • The color of the Chechen wood is extremely varied with red, orange, and brown contrasted with darker stripes of achromatic brown.  The wood grain of Chechen is typically straight or interlocked, perhaps. 
    • There is no characteristic odor for Chechen wood while working out and turning out.


    Despite the tear-out due to the interlocking grain The Chechen wood is fairly simple to work. Chechen finishes well.

    Common Uses:

    This Chechen wood is commonly used for veneer, furniture, cabinetry, flooring, turned objects, and small specialty wood items.

    What is Chechen wood used for

    • Due to its high durability and strong resistance to rot and decay, Chechen wood can be used outdoors in areas with high humidity or direct sunlight without fear of damage. 
    • The attractive coloring of Chechen wood makes it suitable for use as decorative accents such as trim, wall paneling, or moldings as well as flooring options.
    • Strength makes Chechen wood a perfect choice for interior furniture pieces like chairs, tables, cabinets, and more due to its durability and strength which ensures that the piece lasts longer than other materials. 
    • Chechen wood furniture is highly sought after by those looking for pieces that will last for generations. 
    • Chechen Burl caps are widely used for decorative purpose, their bold color and patterns give any art a sense of life.


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    • Chechen as a tonewood, is renowned for its bright and vibrant sound qualities. The wood is both light and dense, which makes it an ideal material for acoustic guitar construction.
    • Chechen wood is an ideal material for turning blanks, thanks to its diverse range of characteristics and qualities. It has a tight grain pattern with a high degree of uniformity, giving it excellent surface finish when sanded or polished. 


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    Advantages of Chechen wood


    Chechen wood is available depending on where you are in the world, you may be able to find chechen wood quite easily locally as opposed to having to buy imported pieces.


    This availability of Chechen wood makes it very cost effective for those looking for an inexpensive turning blank option that still offers great quality. It should be noted however that if you want its more unique colors, you may need to source from elsewhere as its specific shades usually aren’t available in local stores. 

    High Density:

    Due to its high density, Chechen wood can withstand impact better than other woods and offers superior protection against moisture.

    Attractive appearance:

    Chechen wood has an attractive appearance that make it desirable for use in decorative items such as veneers or sculptures. Its unique grain pattern gives each piece of chechen wood a unique look. 

    High Durable:

    The durability of chechen wood makes it suitable for outdoor projects such as decks or fencing. Its natural oils and resins make it resistant to fungal decay and termites which further increase its lifespan when used outdoors.

    For those looking to use Chechen wood in their projects, it is important to select the highest quality lumber available from the best sellers available.  

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