Amburana cearensis (syn. Torresea cearensis) of the family Leguminosae, subfamily Papilionoideae, the legume or pea family
a South American wood also known as amburana, cerejeirafla, cumaru (not to be confused with Dipteryx odorata, which is the wood normally designated by the name cumaru in the USA), and honeywood
a correspondant sent me these pics with the request that I help determine whether or not they are in fact cerejeira, since the colors of the red and white ones are outside his experience of cerejeira. They are outside my experience as well, and I was not much help, but he later determined (not absolutely, but pretty definitely based on weight, smell, grain, and vendor reliability) that they are in fact cerejeira. In the first pic, the right-most piece is pretty clearly "normal" cerejeira (wheat-colored). The end grain on the red piece looks a lot like certain cuts of bubinga, but the side grain makes it clear that this is not bubinga, and the weight is also completely wrong for bubinga.
one end of a huge cerejeira sheet sent to me by Wade Whitbeck. Thanks, Wade. The color on these pics is just a tad richer than the actualy wood, but it is still more accurate than any of my other veneer samples below, where the yellow color defeated my earlier efforts at color correction.
a long veneer piece and a closeup of same --- the yellow color in the distance pic is exaggerated, but the closeup pic is too dull. The actual wood is somewhere in between the two. This was sold to me a "golden" cerejeira.
rift cut veneer --- although not sold as "golden", it has a more golden color than the sheets above which WERE sold as "golden", SO ... I get the feeling that "golden" is just a designation that some vendor stuck on as a marketing ploy. These pics do not have as much yellow as the wood.
flat cut veneer with cathedral grain. The first 3 pics are too red --- the actual wood has more yellow, like the last two pics.
flat cut veneer sheet and closeup --- the closeup pic is too dark
flat cut veneer and closeup. These pics are too pink and do not have as much yellow as the wood.
the web pics posted by the vendor who sold me the lot that many of my veneer pics came from --- note the significant color difference between the 2 pics, and that NEITHER of them is very close to the actual wood color
crotch veneer matched pairs
plank with wet and dry sections
flat cut planks
planks listed as amburana
plank listed as roble / Amburana cearensis ["roble" appears as part or all of one or more of the common names for over 150 species, so it is useless as a designation]
planks all from the same vendor and listed as roble / Amburana cearensis ["roble" appears as part or all of one or more of the common names for over 150 species, so it is useless as a designation]
planks listed as ishpingo / Amburana cearensis
pen blanks listed as ishpingo / Amburana cearensis
both sides of a plank and a close up. This is from the BogusColorVendor so the red color is almost certainly bogus
veneer listed as "Brazilian", which I believe is redundant
listed as figured veneer
veneer sheet and closeup. This was not listed as anything special, but it certainly doesn't seem to me to be "normal" cerejeira
veneer, all from the same vendor
veneer sheet closeups with both levels of enlargement --- good grain representation, but poor color capture
bookmatched crotch veneer
crotch veneer listed as cerejeira / Amburana%20cearensis, all from the same vendor --- it seems likely to me that the color in these pics is a bit washed out and the veneer sheets are actually more attractive than these pics make them seem.