Dalbergia decipularis: Dalbergia frutescens
Brazilian Tulipwood, Jacaranda Rosa, Pau de Fuso, Pinkwood, Tulipwood
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Tulipwood is one of the most coveted and seldom-seen of all (Dalbergia genus) rosewood species. The trees are very small in stature, thus, obtaining long, wide boards is quite rare — and, when found undefective, sell at a premium. It is much more commonly found in smaller, craft-sized pieces. Finding any available boards in widths of 5″ or more is uncommon.
Its heartwood is cream to salmon colored, highlighted by striping which can be any combination of red, violet, purple, pink and rose hues. The sapwood is pale yellow to a very pale yellowish white. Heartwood color gradually fades with continued UV ray exposure.
Tulipwood is typically straight-grained, although grains can also be wavy or (infrequently) irregular. The wood has a high natural oil content and is quite dense, which makes working it an often-difficult prospect. Despite being rather grainy and pourous, it sands very smooth, revealing a pleasing natural luster.
Sustainability: This species is listed in CITES Appendix II, but not yet on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Common Uses: Veneer, inlay work, marquetry, turnery, bandings, jewelry boxes, archery bows, pool cues, various musical instrument applications and small specialty items. Rarely (but occasionally) seen in furniture, also.
Comments: There is some confusion surrounding this wood, as many have confused it with Tulip Poplar (which is indigenous to North America). It has also been misidentified as also originating from the Dalbergia Frutescens tree by many sources / authorities, after originally being miscategorized as a non-Dalbergia (“Physocalymma Scaberrima”).
Finding any sizable boards is pretty rare in the US, especially ones without some sort of significant defect. Its supply is inconsistent, at best, due not only to the very small tree size, but also to a very limited natural range (exclusive to Northeastern Brazil).
|$209.90||B||57 x 6.5 x 0.8 in||TULP1030|| |
Heart defect with crack on one face. More sap and live edge on other face
|$133.84||B||52.5 x 4.5 x 0.8 in||TULP1029|| |
Checks both ends. 2 knots one face. One knot other face.
|$87.48||C||45.75 x 3.75 x 0.8 in||TULP1028|| |
Almost all sap on one face. Small end checks. Live edge one edge
|$128.89||B||70 x 3.25 x 0.8 in||TULP1027|| |
Nice one face. Small end check. 3 defects on reverse face.
|$150.70||B||66.5 x 4 x 0.8 in||TULP1026|| |
Small crack on one face. Some sap.
|$78.18||B||46 x 3 x 0.8 in||TULP1025|| |
Crack and a lot of sap on one face. Other face good.
|$118.76||B||64.5 x 3.25 x 0.8 in||TULP1024|| |
One live edge. All sap on one face with few cracks. Other face clear.
|$72.80||B||64.25 x 2 x 0.8 in||TULP1023|| |
One live edge. More sap on one face.
|$85.53||AB||45.75 x 3 x 0.8 in||TULP1022|| |
Small end check one end. Bit of sap on one face.
|$80.94||B||63.5 x 2.25 x 0.8 in||TULP1021|| |
Small end checks. More sap on one face than other. One live edge.
|$203.08||AB||59.25 x 5.5 x 0.8 in||TULP1020|| |
Live edges. Small check one end. Sappy one face.
|$121.81||B||53.75 x 4 x 0.8 in||TULP1019|| |
Live edges. Sappy one face with sap cracks.
|$124.25||B||79.75 x 2.75 x 0.8 in||TULP1018|| |
Cracking near sap edge.
|$142.34||B||67 x 3.75 x 0.8 in||TULP1017|| |
Live edges. One face sappy with crack through sap
|$130.66||B||61.5 x 3.75 x 0.8 in||TULP1016|| |
Small checks each end. Crack on edge near one end.
|$304.97||AB||72.5 x 6.75 x 0.8 in||TULP1015|| |
Small end checks one end. Sappy one face. Other face good. Live edges
|$133.84||B||67.5 x 3.5 x 0.8 in||TULP1014|| |
Defects along one edge on one face. Other face has small end check. Live edges
|$99.50||B||70.25 x 2.5 x 0.8 in||TULP1013|| |
Live edges. Checks both ends
|$71.28||AB||45.75 x 2.5 x 0.8 in||TULP1012|| |
Defect at one end.
|$149.57||AB||60 x 4 x 0.8 in||TULP1011|| |
One live edge.
|$243.04||AB||65 x 6 x 0.8 in||TULP1010|| |
|$218.51||AB||63.75 x 5.5 x 0.8 in||TULP1009|| |
Live edges. Few holes on good face. Sappy on other face with end checks and hole
|$88.34||AB||47.25 x 3 x 0.8 in||TULP1008|| |
Live edge and sap on one edge. Good board
|$145.83||AB||78 x 3 x 0.8 in||TULP1007|| |
One knot and cracks on one face.
|$96.75||AB||51.75 x 3 x 0.8 in||TULP1006|| |
Small knot on one face.
|$185.40||B||59.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 in||TULP1005|| |
Small checks both ends. Sappy one face.
|$102.83||AB||55 x 3 x 0.8 in||TULP1004|| |
Max width 3.2″. Min 2″.Small end check. Large defect one end.
|$315.49||AB||67.5 x 7.5 x 0.8 in||TULP1003|| |
Live edges. Defect near one end. Small end checks.
|$210.64||AB||52 x 6.5 x 0.8 in||TULP1002|| |
Good face has defect one end and two small knots. Reverse face several defects and a crack
|$77.76||B||45.75 x 3 x 0.8 in||TULP1001|| |
One live edge. Sappy on one face with small knot
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