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Morado

Machaerium acutifolium, Machaerium scleroxylon
Also known as |
Bolivian Rosewood|Pau Ferro
Morado Lumber @ Rare Woods USA

Morado is known by many names.¬† Pau Ferro, Bolivian Rosewood and Morado are the most common.¬† ¬†The wood earned its “… Rosewood” nicknames (by which it is commonly known) because its colors and density are similar, which its medium brown base typically augmented by black streaks or grain lines, and sometimes even purple, tan and golden secondary hues, and sometimes a purplish tint, overall. Although it can have varying grains, straight-grained pieces are generally very easy to work, and the wood turns smoothly and finishes well. It is considered quite durable, although it can be subject to insect attack.

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

Why We Love This Wood

Morado is a popular Brazilian Rosewood substitute and is thought to be about as similar in properties to rosewood as any non-Dalbergia-genus species possibly could be. Its grains are tighter than a typical rosewood specimen, and it is thought to have a more distinctly percussive taptone than that of Brazilian. It's tonal response is said to have tight lows, present mids and a clear, singing high end response.

Despite the comparisons, it should be noted that the (much more prevalent) Machaerium-genus species of Pau Ferro has less density, hardness and weight than an average rosewood.

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    Vital Statistics
    Main Color GroupReddish
    Grain Pattern Pronounced
    Avg Dry Weight - LB/BF4.5
    Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3870
    Janka Hardness - LBF1860
    Janka Hardness - N8350
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    Morado
    Edge defect on one end, no knots.
    MORA1072
    31 × 5 × 1 in
    Edge defect on one end, no knots.

    $46.89

    Morado
    Edge defect on one end, no knots.
    MORA1072
    31 × 5 × 1 in

    $46.89

    Morado
    MORA1072
    31 × 5 × 1 in

    $46.89

    Morado
    Clear board with great grain.
    MORA1071
    39.13 × 6 × 1 in

    Clear board with great grain.

    $71.02

    Morado
    Clear board with great grain.
    MORA1071
    39.13 × 6 × 1 in

    $71.02

    Morado
    MORA1071
    39.13 × 6 × 1 in

    $71.02

    Morado
    Very small bark inclusion.
    MORA1067
    37 × 5.94 × 0.94 in

    Very small bark inclusion.

    $60.44

    Morado
    Very small bark inclusion.
    MORA1067
    37 × 5.94 × 0.94 in

    $60.44

    Morado
    MORA1067
    37 × 5.94 × 0.94 in

    $60.44

    Morado
    Very small bark inclusion.
    MORA1066
    36.5 × 5.88 × 1 in

    Very small bark inclusion.

    $59.02

    Morado
    Very small bark inclusion.
    MORA1066
    36.5 × 5.88 × 1 in

    $59.02

    Morado
    MORA1066
    36.5 × 5.88 × 1 in

    $59.02

    Morado
    Clear board with great grain.
    MORA1065
    36.5 × 6 × 1 in

    Clear board with great grain.

    $66.25

    Morado
    Clear board with great grain.
    MORA1065
    36.5 × 6 × 1 in

    $66.25

    Morado
    MORA1065
    36.5 × 6 × 1 in

    $66.25

    Morado
    Pin knot, small bark inclusion, skip planed.
    MORA1064
    37.25 × 6 × 1 in

    Pin knot, small bark inclusion, skip planed.

    $61.46

    Morado
    Pin knot, small bark inclusion, skip planed.
    MORA1064
    37.25 × 6 × 1 in

    $61.46

    Morado
    MORA1064
    37.25 × 6 × 1 in

    $61.46

    Morado
    Edge defect, sap wood that has some grain deteration, small check.
    MORA1063
    36.5 × 6.13 × 1 in

    Edge defect, sap wood that has some grain deteration, small check.

    $61.53

    Morado
    Edge defect, sap wood that has some grain deteration, small check.
    MORA1063
    36.5 × 6.13 × 1 in

    $61.53

    Morado
    MORA1063
    36.5 × 6.13 × 1 in

    $61.53

    Morado
    Pin knot, sap wood with ambrosia, skip planed on one end.
    MORA1062
    36.75 × 6.13 × 1 in

    Pin knot, sap wood with ambrosia, skip planed on one end.

    $61.95

    Morado
    Pin knot, sap wood with ambrosia, skip planed on one end.
    MORA1062
    36.75 × 6.13 × 1 in

    $61.95

    Morado
    MORA1062
    36.75 × 6.13 × 1 in

    $61.95

    Morado
    Live knot, great grain.
    MORA1061
    42.5 × 5 × 1 in

    Live knot, great grain.

    $58.44

    Morado
    Live knot, great grain.
    MORA1061
    42.5 × 5 × 1 in

    $58.44

    Morado
    MORA1061
    42.5 × 5 × 1 in

    $58.44

    Morado

    Defects on one side

    MORA1057
    25.63 × 4 × 0.94 in

    Defects on one side

    $28.19

    Morado

    Defects on one side

    MORA1057
    25.63 × 4 × 0.94 in

    $28.19

    Morado
    MORA1057
    25.63 × 4 × 0.94 in

    $28.19

    Morado

    Nice board

    MORA1056
    25.63 × 4.94 × 0.94 in

    Nice board

    $38.30

    Morado

    Nice board

    MORA1056
    25.63 × 4.94 × 0.94 in

    $38.30

    Morado
    MORA1056
    25.63 × 4.94 × 0.94 in

    $38.30

    Morado

    Nice board

    MORA1055
    25.75 × 4 × 0.88 in

    Nice board

    $31.16

    Morado

    Nice board

    MORA1055
    25.75 × 4 × 0.88 in

    $31.16

    Morado
    MORA1055
    25.75 × 4 × 0.88 in

    $31.16

    Morado

    Defect one side

    MORA1054
    25.63 × 4.94 × 0.81 in

    Defect one side

    $34.82

    Morado

    Defect one side

    MORA1054
    25.63 × 4.94 × 0.81 in

    $34.82

    Morado
    MORA1054
    25.63 × 4.94 × 0.81 in

    $34.82

    Morado

    Crack on one end

    MORA1053
    25.63 × 5.94 × 0.56 in

    Crack on one end

    $41.87

    Morado

    Crack on one end

    MORA1053
    25.63 × 5.94 × 0.56 in

    $41.87

    Morado
    MORA1053
    25.63 × 5.94 × 0.56 in

    $41.87

    Morado

    Small check

    MORA1051
    25.5 × 5 × 0.81 in

    Small check

    $38.57

    Morado

    Small check

    MORA1051
    25.5 × 5 × 0.81 in

    $38.57

    Morado
    MORA1051
    25.5 × 5 × 0.81 in

    $38.57

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