Zebrawood (Microberlinia brazzavillensis) has a coarse-textured heartwood that is pale golden yellow, and features narrow streaks of dark brown to black (zebra stripes), often with an interlocked or wavy grain. Zebrawood can also be a pale brown with regular or irregular marks of dark brown in varying widths. The tree can reach heights up to 150 feet and several feet in diameter, but more typically is about 50 feet high, and commonly grows along riverbanks in the West African countries of Gabon, Cameroon and Congo (its Latin name is derived from the Congo city of Brazzaville).
Because of the striking “zebra” effect, the wood is expensive and therefore produced and used as decorative veneer and inlays for furniture and flooring. It can also be used for skis and tool handles because of its hardness and high density (1000 kg per m3). The wood is quartersawn, which enhances the zebra stripes and improves its stability when dry. The coarse texture and interlocking grain make it challenging to obtain a clean, smooth finish with machine or hand planning, and sanding and polishing is required.
|TORR Classic Zebra Wood with Black Titanium Base|
|Diameter||53 mm (flat and convex bottom), 58 mm (convex bottom)|
|Tamper Height||3 3/4 in. (95 mm)|
|Piston Height||1/2 in. (13 mm)|
|Weight||10.25 oz. (290 g) for 53 mm|
|11.5 oz. (330 g) for 58 mm|
Notice: The tampers are handcrafted from premium hardwoods and stainless steel. Wood is a natural product and each piece is therefore unique and will differ in color, grain and finish. These characteristics enhance the beauty of the finished tamper.