FSC® Fava amargosa is available in the forests of Precious Woods, located in the Amazon region of Brazil. The straight trunk attains diameter of about 60-90 cm and with a limited zone of sapwood. This species is sometimes known as Angelim amargosa.
The heartwood has a yellow brown color with a bit green shade. It darkens after exposure. The parenchyma around the vessels gives it a stripy appearance. The grain is straight to irregular, sometimes interlocked. The texture is coarse. Fava amargosa has a tendency to leech (water soluble) extractives.
Machining goes well, with a slight blunting effect. The sawdust of Fava amargosa can sometimes cause an allergic reaction. Pre-drilling is recommended. Finishing and gluing are reported to be good. Drying goes relatively quickly with slight risks of distortion and surface checking.
Fava amargosa can be used for a variety of applications:
Interior: e.g. carpentry, window frames and doors
Exterior: e.g. window frames, cladding, doors, decking and garden timber