The color of goncalo alves is light golden-brown to reddish-brown with blackish-brown streaks of variable spacing. The odor and taste
are not distinct, and the luster is dull to medium. Sometimes the wood has a mottled figure resembling some rosewoods in the genus Dalbergia.
In general the wood is somewhat difficult to work, but workability
varies considerably according to density. It finishes with a high natural
polish, turns well and is noted for its durability.
Goncalo alves is used for boat building, general construction, furniture and cabinetry, flooring, shutters and bobbins, veneer, plywood, turnery
and for knife handles and a cocobolo substitute.