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The heartwood of chechen is a deep brown, almost of the hue of black walnut. The sapwood is yellowish-brown and is sharply demarcated from the heartwood. It is often variegated from red with a greenish tint and a golden luster to plain brown. When slab-cut, many of the pieces show an extremely attractive grain pattern. The wood has no distinctive odor or taste. it is very hard and strong.

While the wood is extremely hard, it is workable with sharp tools, takes glue effectively and can be polished to a fine finish. Chechem seems to be similar to hard maple in workability but is a bit more stringy.

Contemporary uses include poles for native structures and furniture making. Timber merchants are exploring other uses, and it appears to have potential for cabinets, turnery and musical instruments.

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