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TZALAM

Lysiloma bahamensis and
Lysiloma latisiliquum (syn. lysiloma latisiliqua)

Lysiloma bahamensis and Lysiloma latisiliquum (syn lysiloma latisiliqua) of the family Fabaceae (syn Leguminosae) the legume, pea, or bean family. The name is more correctly, and commonly, spelled with an apostrophy: "t'zalam" but some of my software doesn't like the apostrophy so I leave it out.

Primarily a Mexican wood, this medium density wood is fairly fine-textured with a straight open grain and colors that range from light brown to chocolate, sometimes with streaks of red or brown. It's easy to work and takes a fairly high natural polish.



my samples:


both sides of a sample plank of tzalam / Lysiloma latisiliquum --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by Mark Peet whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. Note that the first face was sanded to 240 grit and the second face was not and this accounts for minor differences in color between the two (the second face still has a very light patina) and the better resolution of the detail characteristics as seen in the first one.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of tzalam / Lysiloma latisiliquum --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


plank and closeup


small plank (and end grain) cut from the larger plank directly above and sanded for this pic


end grain closeup and END GRAIN UPDATE of the piece directly above

NOT a raw wood color
flooring sample with a hard shiny finish that deepens and enriches the color. This was listed as "Caribbean walnut" which is just a made-up name in the flooring trade, which also used the made-up names "Mayan" and "Aztec" walnut for tzalam; outside of the flooring industry, none of these names exist.


the same piece as directly above but with the finish sanded off


HIGH GRIT END GRAIN CLOSEUP of the piece directly above (don't know why I never did a normal end grain closeup, but I didn't)


both sides of a plank


closeup of the plank directly above, and an angled shot that shows nicely how open the pores are


plank and closeup


plank and closeup


planks



web pics:


flooring w/ wet and dry sections (or, possibly, with two different finished, one dark and one lighter)


planks, mostly flat cut


set of planks all from the same vendor


plank with color that is more green than my experience with this wood


quartersawn plank


plank with mineral stain


listed as a burl


flooring (none of these are raw wood)



all of the pics from here down are from the BogusColorVendor and I am quite confident that the strong orange color is just their standard dishonesty.


planks


both sides of a plank and a closeup


both sides of a plank and a closeup


both sides of a plank and a closeup


both sides of a plank and a closeup


both sides of a plank and a closeup


both sides of a plank and a closeup


both sides of a plank and a closeup


both sides of a plank and a closeup


both sides of a plank and a closeup


both sides of a plank and a closeup


both sides of a plank and a closeup --- this one was listed as "golden" tzalam, but as far as I am aware that's just a marketing term made up by the BogusColorVendor


both sides of a plank and a closeup --- these seem to have been produced by an honest photographer (their regular guy must have been out sick that day)