The Legacy of Zebrawood

The Legacy of Zebrawood

Which geographical location do you think of when you think of a zebra? The animal, that is, not the crossing on the road. Obviously, Africa, right? The wood that bears the same name also comes from that same continent, but also from parts of central and South America. This kind of wood has natural stripes just like a zebra does, which is why the name. There is no zebra tree, though. Zebrawood is not what you get from a tree bearing the same name. It is the striped wood that is derived from a number of different tree species.

A brief history

The first reference to zebrawood, or zebrawood, as it was called then, occurs in 1773. A record in the British Customs mentions importing zebrawood from a place called Mosquito Island. It was a British colony then. Today, we know that place as the Republic of Honduras and Nicaragua. Scholars inform us that the name zebrawood was originally used for the wood sourced from a flowering tree of the cashew family. Commonly known as glassy wood, these trees naturally grow in the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico, parts of Central America and in much of South America up to Bolivia. But today, zebrawood is sourced mostly from a tall and straight tree that grows in western Africa. This tree goes under the name of zebrano or zingana.

What is special about zebrawood?

The natural color of the wood is pale golden yellow or pale brown, with dark brown to black streaks. The wood is hard and heavy with a coarse texture. Its grain is interlocked and wavy. Its uses are many. In the days of automobiles with wooden body parts, zebrawood got used as the dashboard of Mercedes-Benz and Cadillac cars. The wood is hard enough for skis and handles for tools. It also gets used as rifle or shotgun stock. However, in the world of carpentry and woodwork, it is known as exotic and decorative wood. It gets used a lot to make decorative panels, turnery, and specially designed guitars. The stripes look chaotic and wavy when flatsawn and more or less uniform when quartersawn. It is rot resistant and known for its durability.

The popularity of zebrawood

Zebrawood is fairly popular because of its stripes. The use of this wood can make quite a dramatic statement. However, even though it is not quite cheap, it is still a lot less expensive than the other exotic varieties like ebony and rosewood. That has contributed to the popularity of zebrawood in its use as veneer, inlay brandings, and for wood carvings and sculptures.

A bit of Africa on your wrist

Just think about it! Flaunting a bit of Africa on your wrist – not in the form of cufflinks shaped as the map of Africa. Not even a wristband that has a map of Africa or some other symbol of the country. Much more authentic than that, as it happens. A watch made of real zebrawood for your wrist. How exotic is that, just imagine! But it is not impossible at all. Wood and bamboo watches are timeless classics that are gaining in popularity. And Seventh brings you zebrawood watches to connect your pulse directly to the spirit of the beautiful continent of Africa.

Some wonders from Seventh

Seventh’s watches have names as exotic as the products are. There is Emeth: Truth, a zebrawood and black stainless-steel matte finish classic for men. Complete with a bracelet clasp, this number can make any man stand out in a crowd. Then there is Ethos, another zebrawood classic for men, which would make a man feel like a king with that touch of Africa on his wrist. And finally, there is Exousia, which stands for authority. This timeless watch for men in zebrawood and white stainless steel would single anyone out among a million if he just flaunts his wrist once.

Seventh is not sexist by any means. If you are already thinking that why exotic zebrawood watches should be available for men only, stop fretting. Here is an exquisite piece for women. Azaz brings not just zebrawood from Africa for a lady’s wrist, but a mix of the best woods like ebony, koa, and walnut also. In addition, it also brings fragrance in the form of sandalwood.

Why go for zebrawood watches?

For one thing, who wouldn’t want a bit of Africa on one’s wrist, if they come in the form of smart, elegant and beautiful watches? In addition, they are exotic accessories that add a touch of distinction to whatever else one might be wearing. Thirdly, zebrawood watches from Seventh are all handcrafted and unique in design. Celebrities are sporting wooden watches as a marker of their environmental consciousness. You can make that statement, too, with a handmade zebrawood watch from Seventh. Or you can make someone else stand out and make an eco-conscious statement by gifting a zebrawood watch from Seventh.

Just in case

May be striped wood is not up to your taste. You are sure you do not want to wear a zebrawood watch. But that is no reason why you should give up on Seventh. This small and committed company with 24X7 customer service has other kinds of spectacular wood and bamboo watches also. In ebony, corkwood, pale and dark sandalwood, and bamboo. Every single one of them is handcrafted to make each piece a designer item. They are simply a great accessory for you and your loved ones. Wear one and be remarkable. Gift one and be remembered forever.

We Are Environmentally Conscious

In case you are wondering if wooden and bamboo watches are the latest assault on the environment, we would like to sign off by reassuring you. On the contrary. Watches made of bamboo and wood are gaining in the currency because wood uses much less energy during the production process than any metal. Also, many companies supplying zebrawood and other kinds of wood have a sustainable policy in place: one tree planted for every tree felled.



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