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Parana

Wood Flooring Species

Scientific Name:

Araucaria angustifolia

Other Names and Species:

Brazilian Pine
Curiy
Paraná Pine
Pin
Pinheiro do Brasil
Pinheiro do Paraná
Pino Blanco

Origin:

South America

Appearance:

The sapwood of parana ranges from greyish-yellow through yellowish-orange, while the heartwood is pale-brown with red streaks throughout. The species has a straight grain and is uniform in texture.

Properties:

Parana is not overly resistant to insect attack and decay. The wood is reported to have no odor. Parana requires some time to dry properly, as splitting and warping can occur if the process is rushed.

Janka Hardness: 780

Parana is nearly identical in hardness to cumaru (slightly over one percent difference), is around forty-three percent softer than white oak, almost fifty-nine percent softer than jarrah, and roughly thirty-five percent as hard as santos mahogany’s ranking of 2200.

Workability:

Parana cuts rather easily and cleanly. The species only slightly dulls cutting edges. Both nails and glue hold well with this flooring option. Parana sands easily to a nice finish and accepts stain well.

Principal Uses:

Parana’s uses include cabinetry, sub-flooring, pulpwood, veneers, wainscoating, and general construction.

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