Found in tropical South America. In earlier times it was known as Satine. Sometimes it is referred to as cardinal wood.
Bloodwood is very dense, with a tight fine, mostly linear grain. Heartwood is a bright, vivid red. Well defined sapwood is a pale yellowish color, though given the typically large trunk diameters, it’s seldom seen or included in imported lumber.
The wood tends to be brittle and can splinter easily while being worked. It is very hard on your knives and cutters. If you are patient and bear with the difficulties of working with Bloodwood to the finishing stage, you are rewarded with an exceptional and lustrous red surface. Color can darken to a darker brownish red over time with exposure to light. Applying a thick protective finish, and keeping the wood out of direct sunlight can help slow this color shift.
Carvings, trim, inlays, furniture, guitars, knife handles, and turned objects.
Thicknesses: Available in both 4/4" and 8/4".
Widths: 5" to 7"
Lengths: Mostly 12' with some 10'
Surfacing: Skip planed
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