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Bloodwood

Brosimum Rubescens
Also known as |
Bloodwood|Satine
Bloodwood Lumber @ Rare Woods USA

Also known as “Satine,” Bloodwood is an exotic South American import that continues to grow in popularity here in the states. It’s dark, savory red tones, untypically do not fade, mute or darken much over time. It is known for its “satiny,” highly-chatoyant finish. While the heartwood typically is comprised of red hues, it is known to have variances ranging from oranges to pale yellows, interspersed. It’s impressive density makes it ideal for an electric guitar fretboard or an acoustic guitar back and sides; wood turners love it, as well, for its fabulous, unique aesthetics and very reasonable price.

The reason this wood continues to grow in popularity in the US with guitar builders, gun & knife manufacturers (handles) and wood turners, is due to the exceptional aesthetics, for which the species is known, and the very reasonable board-foot prices for which these boards generally sell. Boards of exceptional quality will command a premium, but still represent a whole lot of ‘bang for the buck’ for an imported exotic wood.

Not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Why We Love This Wood

Super Hard! Super Red! Super Hot!

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    Vital Statistics
    Main Color GroupReddish
    Grain Pattern Even
    Avg Dry Weight - LB/BF5.5
    Avg Dry Weight - KG/M31050
    Janka Hardness - LBF2900
    Janka Hardness - N12900
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    Bloodwood-Standard-4/4Lumber
    4/4 Lumber
    Standard
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    16
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    Bloodwood-Rustic-8/4Lumber

    8/4 Lumber

    Rustic
    bf
    18
    bf
    no
    Bloodwood-Rustic-12/4Lumber

    12/4 Lumber

    Rustic
    bf
    18
    bf
    no

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    Bloodwood
    BLW1174
    0.88" x 7.44" x 61.13"

    Beautiful knots. Crack.

    $83.95

    Bloodwood
    BLW1174
    0.88" x 7.44" x 61.13"

    $83.95

    Bloodwood
    0.88" x 7.44" x 61.13"
    BLW1174

    $83.95

    Bloodwood
    BLW1173
    0.88" x 5.25" x 56.06"

    Skip planed. Checks.

    $54.33

    Bloodwood
    BLW1173
    0.88" x 5.25" x 56.06"

    $54.33

    Bloodwood
    0.88" x 5.25" x 56.06"
    BLW1173

    $54.33

    Bloodwood
    BLW1171
    0.88" x 7.06" x 38.88"

    Skip planed.

    $55.74

    Bloodwood
    BLW1171
    0.88" x 7.06" x 38.88"

    $55.74

    Bloodwood
    0.88" x 7.06" x 38.88"
    BLW1171

    $55.74

    Bloodwood
    BLW1170
    0.88" x 7" x 35.06"

    Skip planed.

    $49.83

    Bloodwood
    BLW1170
    0.88" x 7" x 35.06"

    $49.83

    Bloodwood
    0.88" x 7" x 35.06"
    BLW1170

    $49.83

    Bloodwood
    BLW1167
    0.94" x 4.06" x 39.31"

    Skip planed. Small knots.

    $32.41

    Bloodwood
    BLW1167
    0.94" x 4.06" x 39.31"

    $32.41

    Bloodwood
    0.94" x 4.06" x 39.31"
    BLW1167

    $32.41

    Bloodwood
    BLW1165
    0.94" x 5.19" x 37.31"

    Skip planed. Checks.

    $32.17

    Bloodwood
    BLW1165
    0.94" x 5.19" x 37.31"

    $32.17

    Bloodwood
    0.94" x 5.19" x 37.31"
    BLW1165

    $32.17

    Bloodwood
    BLW1161
    0.94" x 5.25" x 38.81"

    Skip planed. Checks.

    $37.61

    Bloodwood
    BLW1161
    0.94" x 5.25" x 38.81"

    $37.61

    Bloodwood
    0.94" x 5.25" x 38.81"
    BLW1161

    $37.61

    Bloodwood
    BLW1160
    0.94" x 5.25" x 35.25"

    Skip planed.

    $37.58

    Bloodwood
    BLW1160
    0.94" x 5.25" x 35.25"

    $37.58

    Bloodwood
    0.94" x 5.25" x 35.25"
    BLW1160

    $37.58

    Bloodwood
    BLW1159
    0.94" x 5.38" x 37.19"

    Defect on edge. Knot.

    $36.93

    Bloodwood
    BLW1159
    0.94" x 5.38" x 37.19"

    $36.93

    Bloodwood
    0.94" x 5.38" x 37.19"
    BLW1159

    $36.93

    Bloodwood
    BLW1157
    0.94" x 4.13" x 49"

    Clear.

    $41.09

    Bloodwood
    BLW1157
    0.94" x 4.13" x 49"

    $41.09

    Bloodwood
    0.94" x 4.13" x 49"
    BLW1157

    $41.09

    Bloodwood
    BLW1156
    0.94" x 4" x 46.44"

    Skip planed.

    $37.72

    Bloodwood
    BLW1156
    0.94" x 4" x 46.44"

    $37.72

    Bloodwood
    0.94" x 4" x 46.44"
    BLW1156

    $37.72

    Bloodwood
    BLW1155
    0.94" x 4" x 33.56"

    Clear.

    $27.26

    Bloodwood
    BLW1155
    0.94" x 4" x 33.56"

    $27.26

    Bloodwood
    0.94" x 4" x 33.56"
    BLW1155

    $27.26

    Bloodwood
    BLW1154
    0.94" x 5.25" x 40.88"

    Checks.

    $35.66

    Bloodwood
    BLW1154
    0.94" x 5.25" x 40.88"

    $35.66

    Bloodwood
    0.94" x 5.25" x 40.88"
    BLW1154

    $35.66

    Bloodwood
    BLW1153
    0.94" x 5.25" x 32.94"

    Checks.

    $31.92

    Bloodwood
    BLW1153
    0.94" x 5.25" x 32.94"

    $31.92

    Bloodwood
    0.94" x 5.25" x 32.94"
    BLW1153

    $31.92

    Bloodwood
    BLW1152
    0.94" x 4.06" x 40.31"

    Checks.

    $30.21

    Bloodwood
    BLW1152
    0.94" x 4.06" x 40.31"

    $30.21

    Bloodwood
    0.94" x 4.06" x 40.31"
    BLW1152

    $30.21

    Bloodwood

    Other Species

    Osage Orange - Argentine

    This South American species is closely related to the domestic Osage Orange. 

    The lumber it yields is typically a bit cleaner with less defects. 

    It is pretty hard and dense making it tough on tools, but it turns and finishes well.

    Common Uses:
    boxmaking, cabinetry, carving, crafting, inlay, specialty items
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    Common Uses
    osage-orange-argentine
    Tamarind - Spalted

    Spalted Tamarind comes from South East Asia.   The decay/spalting gives the wood awesome spiderweb type patterns that add character and excitement to its appearance.  The spalting is most prevalent in the sapwood which is prone to attack from bugs and fungus which cause it.

    It is moderately difficult to work, but turns and finishes well.  Sometimes the rot is more endemic than is obvious from looking at the surface of the lumber result in some wastage (lost pieces).

    Take care to use good dust collection and a dust mask, as the fungal spores add more to the air than dust alone.

    Common Uses:
    boxmaking, inlay, specialty items, turnings
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    Common Uses
    tamarind-spalted
    Chakte Viga

    This vibrant Central American wood can features primary colors ranging from orange to golden brown (with gold, red and sometimes even green accent coloration). It is thought to be the closest relative to Brazilwood (famous for its use in stringed-instrument bows), and Chakte Viga shares many of the same acoustic properties. Grains are straight, but sometimes interlocked — otherwise, this wood works easily, and finishes well. It has a fine texture and excellent natural luster. Sap is a pale off-white to pale yellow.

    Chakte Viga is a wood that has been starting to emerge from relative obscurity over the last decade or so, being one of the lesser-known and -demanded woods from the tropical Central America region. We feel it has a huge untapped potential as a guitar tonewood, as well as in fine furniture production in the US. The wood has some very subtle aesthetics, sometimes exhibiting a 3D-like shimmering chatoyance after being finished with clear lacquer.

    Common Uses:
    fine furniture, furniture, inlay, turnings
    Detail
    Common Uses
    chakte-viga
    Longhi

    Longhi is an African wood with similar working properties to its more well-known cousin, Anegre. Its color varies from a greyish-white to beige to pinkish-brown color, which slightly darkens with age and UV-ray exposure. Its generally light appearance makes sapwood difficult to distinguish. Its grains are typical straight (though occasionally interlocked) and its texture ranges between fine and medium-fine. It can sometimes possess mottled or subtle tiger-striped figuring.

    The wood must be carefully dried, as it is susceptible to fungus. It is considered to be moderately durable, and moderately stable. Longhi has a solid strength-to-weight ratio, which makes it a popular choice for flooring and decking.

    Common Uses:
    cabinetry, decking, flooring, furniture
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    Common Uses
    longhi
    Birch - Yellow

    Heartwood can vary from pale yellow to a light, muted reddish brown; sapwood is grayish-white. There are many species of Birch, worldwide; it is one of the most popular woods, ironically, for both veneer and utility applications. Figured pieces are the more desirable for veneer, with wide, dramatic curly figuring (similar to Cherry) decorating the surface.

    American Birch works easily — it turns, glues and finishes well — although most boards have very little natural luster. It’s a versatile wood that can be used for a number of different applications, but it needs to be protected, as the wood will decay when exposed to the elements. (… and if left unprotected will rot.)

    Common Uses:
    boxmaking, cabinetry, crafting, flooring, furniture
    Detail
    Common Uses
    birch-yellow
    Alder

    Considered to be the most abundant hardwood in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States, Red Alder has long been used in the region for furniture and cabinetry production — as well as being a popular choice for electric guitar bodies dating back to when the instrument first went into mass production, in the 1950’s. Ranging in color from a light tan to reddish brown, Alder has a soft, lightweight stature — which makes the wood very easy to work, and it finishes and glues well.

    Red Alder is usually sold in two different grades: knotty, and clear. Clear grades are most desired by cabinet and furniture crafters. Many such tradesmen compare the wood’s cooperative disposition to that of Black Cherry.

    Although technically a hardwood, care must be taken with Alder until finished as its surface can be rather soft (thus, denting easily). The wood is decidedly non-durable, so confining its use to indoor applications and treating the wood with some type of hardening finish (such as lacquer) is recommended.

    Common Uses:
    cabinetry, lutherie, millwork, musical Instruments
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    Common Uses
    alder
    bloodwood
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