Rare Ancient Hardwood From Panama

Beere Timber Company is excited to announce we now have container loads of rare natural hardwood imported from Panama. Whether you’re looking for material for your next deck or you’re looking for a unique one of a kind live edge slab for a table top, these amazing pieces of ancient hardwood were preserved in the underwater jungles of Panama since 1979 before sustainable harvesting of the materials landed them here at Beere Timber Company.

Call us today while quantities last – great for one of a kind table tops, shelving, mantels, residential or commercial furniture or whatever your creativity can imagine. We can also provide expert consulting services including exceptional drying processes, resizing, sealing, design services, worldwide shipping and more.

From decking to doors or your favorite cabinetry project, following is a list of species we currently have available.


  • > Amargo Amargo
  • Scientific Name: Vataireu lundellii
    Common Names: Bitter Angelim, Mora (Nicaragua, Costa Rica), Amargoso (Honduras), Angelim, Faveira (Brazil), Caralillo, Bitterwood, Amargo (Panama), Danto, Ramon (Guatemala)
    Janka Rating: 1,420
    Specific Gravity: 0.55
    Typical Trunk Diameter: 3' to 6'
    Appearance: When freshly cut, its grain is creamy yellow that turns into 'teak brown'.
    Special Characteristics: Because it is durable and stable as well as very attractive, Amargo is used for a variety of purposes from furniture to interior and exterior construction.
    Uses: A very durable tropical hardwood. High natural resistance to termites and rotting. Its grain responds to preservative treatments well, making it a preferable choice for exterior construction. ie. Furniture, doors, windows, structural components (interior and exterior), joinery, decking, railroad crossties, veneers, paneling, cabinetry.
    Working Properties: Whether machining or working by hand, Amargo is a highly workable hardwood that responds well to gluing and use of fasteners. Using sharp cutting tools for planing, chiseling, turning, etc. will ensure results of a high caliber.

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  • > Balsamo
  • Scientific Names: Myroxylon balsamum
    Common Names: Mahogany (Santos), Cabriuva Vermelha, Cedro Chino, Chirraca, Estoraque, Incienso, Nabal, Navo, Palo de Balsamo, Quina, Sandalo, Tache, Tolu
    Janka Rating: 2,160
    Specific Gravity: 0.77
    Typical Trunk Diameter: 2' to 3'
    Appearance: Is a red/orange wood with medium-fine grain. The very fine and even texture of this well-known and popular hardwood, along with its striped figuring, complements the attractive dark reddish brown color of mahogany wood flooring. The white sapwood is sharply demarcated from the heartwood. The grain of mahogany is typically interlocked, and the surface can have a medium to high luster. When freshly cut, it has a pleasant spicy scent.
    Special Characteristics: Balsamo is known for its strength and beauty, and it has outstanding durability. One of the hardest and most durable wood flooring species. It is over two hundred percent harder than Douglas fir, is roughly fifty-one percent harder than hard maple and approaches ninety-four percent of Brazilian cherry's ranking of 2350.
    Uses: Typically found in wood flooring, turnery, interior trim, and furniture. The pleasantly aromatic balsamo is often used as an ingredient in some perfumes. Also used in Flooring, countertops, furnishings, stair nosings, ship building, railroad ties and heavy construction.
    Working Properties: Because of its hardness, which can make sawing and machining difficult, carbide tooling is recommended. It sands beautifully to a high natural polish, however, and has good holding ability.

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  • > Grand Cashew
  • Scientific Names: Anacardium excelsum
    Common Names: Espave, Espavel (Nicaragua), Caracoli (Venezuela, Colombia), Caju assu, Caju da matta (Brazil), Maranon (Ecuador).
    Janka Rating: 470
    Specific Gravity: 0.41
    Typical Trunk Diameter: 3' to 7'
    Appearance: Uniform russet brown tones with a fairly high lustre and attractively marked by prominent vessel lines. Grain is typically interlocked with a pronounced stripe. Heartwood has a golden or reddish cast. Sapwood is lighter and sharply demarcated from the heartwood.
    Special Characteristics: Highly decorative with interesting grain patterns. Light weight. Resistant to dry wood termite attack.
    Uses: Furniture, veneers, wall panelling, cabinets, and general carpentry and millwork. Excellent for guitars. Low grades used in general construction both indoors and outdoors.
    Working Properties: Light weight and very easy to work with.

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  • > Peronil
  • Scientific Names: Pisonia
    Common Names: Ormosia, Coralillo.
    Janka Rating: 343
    Specific Gravity: 0.42
    Typical Trunk Diameter: 2' to 3'
    Appearance: Light yellow with golden flecks. No differences in the heartwood and sapwood colour.
    Special Characteristics: Light weight and can be dried rapidly.
    Uses: Door frames, fence posts, plywood core
    Working Properties: Dries quickly, Easy to work with in all machines.

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  • > Quira
  • Scientific Names: Platymiscum pinnatum
    Common Names: Kira, Trebol, Granadillo, Ormigia
    Janka Rating: 2,450
    Specific Gravity: 0.79
    Typical Trunk Diameter: 2' to 3'
    Appearance: This gorgeous wood runs the color spectrum from violet to dark red to brown with frequent streaking and pronounced figure. Very hard, heavy, and dense with a tight grain and a fine texture. Occasional light blonde sapwood contrasts beautifully with the heartwood.
    Special Characteristics: Quira is an excellent substitute for Rosewood or Cocobolo. It smells like rosewood also. Weight 56 to 75lbs. per cu. ft.
    Uses: Frequently used for fine furniture and cabinetry, decorative veneers, flooring, musical instruments, turnery, joinery and specialty items such as violin bows and billiard cues.
    Working Properties: Takes a high natural polish works easily, finishes smoothly, and responds well to hand tools. It glues, nails and screws well, and is rated highly durable.

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  • > Zapatero / Panamanian Walnut
  • Scientific Names: Hyeronima alchorneoides
    Common Names: Pilón, palo chancho, piedro
    Janka Rating: 1,700
    Specific Gravity: 0.52
    Typical Trunk Diameter: 4' to 5'
    Appearance: Heartwood is dark cherry brown. Sapwood is mild reddish brown. Medium but pronounced veined grain pattern, usually straight or interlocked. Moderate lustre. Overall rich and warm. Very consistent color and grain.
    Special Characteristics: QVery hard and durable. Naturally resistant to decay, funguses and termite attack. Odourless and tasteless.
    Uses: High quality furniture, veneers, wall panelling and general carpentry and millwork. Very hard and very suitable for solid or engineered flooring or decking. Beautiful for all types of furniture and show pieces. Also well suited for indoor or outdoor use (decking, railroad ties).
    Working Properties: Zapatero is easy to saw and work with hand tools, good to moderately good to plane, excellent for turning, mortising, boring, moulding and sanding. Nailing is difficult and pre drilling is recommended. It finishes beautifully.

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Please give us a call at 1-888-925-9655 or 604-990-9655 for more information if you would like to consider some of this rare hardwood on your next project.

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Underwater Logging in Panama.
The Coast Eco Timber Story

It is Coast Eco Timber's dream to share the world's most beautiful wood in an ecologically concious way and we've finally realized that dream. - Alana Husby, Founder

The mighty Chagres River has been a source of life for the Panamanian people for thousands of years. When it was dammed 100 years ago, it brought 2 worlds together, the Atlantic and the Pacific and created Lake Gatun.

After successfully logging a concession in Lake Gatun, Coast Eco Timber was presented with the opportunity to work with the 14 comarcas of the Kuna Madugandi Tribe. Lake Bayano was created in 1979 to supply water power to a hydroelectric plant; during the process, a 353 km² jungle of hardwoods was flooded. Recovering trees that would otherwise be lost decreases the need to log resources on land, allows for safer waterways for the tribes not to mention bringing a unique well preserved eco hardwood into the market place for those interested in green product.

Through innovative ideas and sustainable practices, Coast Eco Timber brings people closer to nature by harvesting selectively the “lost forests of Panama”. These trees, written off many years ago to create the world’s largest man-made lakes, Coast Eco Timber has found these exquisite hardwood logs and are carefully salvaging them to have their beauty rediscovered.

As we highly respect the surrounding environment, we utilize eco-friendly technology to harvest the logs, including submersible hydraulic chainsaws. Our extraction point has repurposed shipping containers for office space, sawdust compostable toilets, solar panels and our barges are made from recycled propane tanks. Each salvaged piece brought back from the waterbed has a story and character of its own and each piece bears the official international “green” stamp of approval from the Rainforest Alliance under its rediscovered wood certification program.

For eco-conscious architects, designers and furniture makers alike, this material opens up a unique opportunity to weave history into their work in new and fascinating ways. Featured in a wide range of venues from remote ranches to resorts and commercial wineries, Coast Eco Timber also supplies one-of-a-kind pieces direct to a growing number of customers wishing to make sustainable and eco-friendly home décor choices.