Goncalo Alves is a wood from a large canopy tree, which is rare outside of the protection of national parks, and is listed as threatened in “Arboles Maderables en Peligro de Extincion en Costa Rica”. The trees reach up to 120 feet in height with a trunk 3 feet in diameter.
Goncalo Alves ranges in colour from light to reddish brown to a deep mahogany reddish brown with a striking figure created by beautiful dark bold brown to nearly black irregular marks or stripes. With a fine to medium texture with a fine grain. In spite of its high density goncalo alves carves well, finishes smoothly and takes a beautiful polish. It is used for fine furniture and decorative figured veneers.