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Since 1956
  Toolsie Persaud Ltd. (TPL) has been a pioneer in developing Guyana's hinterland and producing quality construction materials.  
Sustainably Managed Forests
  A family operated business that follows sustainable forest management principles advised by the Guyana Forestry Commission.  
  350,000 hectares of rain forest
35M tonnes of quarry reserves
2,000 employees
Corporate Address
  10-12 Lombard St.
South America
Tel: + 592 226 4071-5
Fax: +592 226 0793
Email: click here

Timber Species

Scientific Name:
Hymenaea courbaril

Family: Caesalpiniaoeae

ATIBT Standard Name: Courbaril

Other Name: Copalier, Algarrob, Gaupinal, Jatoba

Wood Appearance: Heartwood light brown to brown often with dark streaks and with a subdued golden glow.

  • Sapwood - whitish grey colour is sharply defined
  • Texture - medium coarse
  • Grain - straight, lustre medium, uniform vessel lines distinct
  • Bole - 60-80 feet long, cylinderical; diameter 24-36 inches

Physical and Mechanical Properties: Very hard and strong. Moderate shrinkage, relatively stable once dry. Good mechanical properties, especially elasticity.

  • Weight - 910 - 1000 kg/m3 (57 - 62 lb/ft3 ) seasoned.
  • Bending Strength -
  • Modulus of elasticity -
  • Compression parallel to grain -
  • Shock resistance -

Natural Durability: Very resistant to decay.

Timber Processing

  • Drying - Dries readily without distortion of splitting.
  • Working - Moderately difficult to work but finishes smoothly. Planes and turns without difficulty. Good bending to steaming process.
  • Assembly - Glues well, but difficult to nail. Fastenings are held well.
  • Finishing - Finishes smoothly. Polishes and varnishes without difficulty.

Uses: A wood of decorative appearance suitable for use in the manufacture of high grade furniture, cabinet work, decorative joinery and veneer. Also used for ship-building, general construction, and the making of tool handles and croquet mallets.

Supplies: Occurs widely but not abundantly in the Guyana forests. Regular supplies in modest quantities are available.

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