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Satinwood – East Indian

Chloroxylon swietenia
Also known as |
Ceylon Satinwood|Satinwood
Satinwood - East Indian Lumber @ Rare Woods USA

East Indian (or Ceylon) Satinwood is a truly exquisite tropical hardwood. Its heartwood ranges from light to medium golden yellow, typically. Sapwood generally is white/off white and paler than the heartwood, though not always clearly demarcated. Premium-grade examples can be seen with a mottled or rippled grain pattern — resembling ripples in satin fabric, and, thus, lending to its name “Satinwood;” such examples may possess a chatoyance ranging from subtle to the dramatic.

Grains can be straight, but are more typically interlocked. Although — due to its density, hardness and generally interlocked grains — it can be difficult to work, it turns, glues and finishes superbly; featuring a smooth, luxurious texture and a shimmering natural luster.

In comparison with other exotic woods, Ceylon Satinwood has remained in short supply to the US market. Its exportation from the region remains restricted. That said, this is actually of little concern to the tree farmers of East India, as the wood is highly coveted throughout the Indian Plate portion of Southern Asia.

Finding long boards of it can be quite difficult and pieces of craft-sized dimensions are more commonly found in the US.  Other than the supply issue, a root cause for this is the fact that trees reach full maturity at a height of only 40 to 50 feet, with miniscule trunk diameters of just 1 to 1-1/2 feet. Long boards are always in short supply and sell at a premium, when found.

Not listed in the CITES Appendices, but categorized as “Vulnerable” on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Why We Love This Wood

Chatoyance.... on a silky, satin sheen backdrop.... simply gorgeous!

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    Vital Statistics
    Main Color GroupYellow / White
    Grain Pattern Even
    Avg Dry Weight - LB/BF5.1
    Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3975
    Janka Hardness - LBF2620
    Janka Hardness - N11650
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    4/4 Lumber
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    Satinwood-EastIndian-Standard-6/4Lumber

    6/4 Lumber

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    Satinwood-EastIndian-Standard-8/4Lumber

    8/4 Lumber

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    Satinwood-EastIndian-Standard-10/4Lumber

    10/4 Lumber

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    Satinwood – East Indian

    Small knots

    SATINEI1083
    54.25 × 3.06 × 0.94 in

    Small knots

    $40.72

    Satinwood – East Indian

    Small knots

    SATINEI1083
    54.25 × 3.06 × 0.94 in

    $40.72

    Satinwood – East Indian
    SATINEI1083
    54.25 × 3.06 × 0.94 in

    $40.72

    Satinwood – East Indian

    Nice board

    SATINEI1082
    54.38 × 3.25 × 0.94 in

    Nice board

    $47.68

    Satinwood – East Indian

    Nice board

    SATINEI1082
    54.38 × 3.25 × 0.94 in

    $47.68

    Satinwood – East Indian
    SATINEI1082
    54.38 × 3.25 × 0.94 in

    $47.68

    Satinwood – East Indian

    Checks

    SATINEI1081
    30.75 × 6 × 0.81 in

    Checks

    $45.25

    Satinwood – East Indian

    Checks

    SATINEI1081
    30.75 × 6 × 0.81 in

    $45.25

    Satinwood – East Indian
    SATINEI1081
    30.75 × 6 × 0.81 in

    $45.25

    Satinwood – East Indian

    NIce board

    SATINEI1080
    42.25 × 4 × 0.88 in

    NIce board

    $45.60

    Satinwood – East Indian

    NIce board

    SATINEI1080
    42.25 × 4 × 0.88 in

    $45.60

    Satinwood – East Indian
    SATINEI1080
    42.25 × 4 × 0.88 in

    $45.60

    Satinwood – East Indian

    Checks

    SATINEI1079
    42.75 × 7.88 × 0.88 in

    Checks

    $82.63

    Satinwood – East Indian

    Checks

    SATINEI1079
    42.75 × 7.88 × 0.88 in

    $82.63

    Satinwood – East Indian
    SATINEI1079
    42.75 × 7.88 × 0.88 in

    $82.63

    Satinwood – East Indian (Figured)

    Some spalting near end.

    SATINEI1071
    48.56 × 5.94 × 0.94 in

    Some spalting near end.

    $108.95

    Satinwood – East Indian (Figured)

    Some spalting near end.

    SATINEI1071
    48.56 × 5.94 × 0.94 in

    $108.95

    Satinwood – East Indian (Figured)
    SATINEI1071
    48.56 × 5.94 × 0.94 in

    $108.95

    Satinwood – East Indian (Figured)

    Crack.

    SATINEI1070
    35.56 × 5.94 × 0.94 in

    Crack.

    $79.79

    Satinwood – East Indian (Figured)

    Crack.

    SATINEI1070
    35.56 × 5.94 × 0.94 in

    $79.79

    Satinwood – East Indian (Figured)
    SATINEI1070
    35.56 × 5.94 × 0.94 in

    $79.79

    Satinwood – East Indian (Figured)

    Crack near edge.

    SATINEI1069
    57.19 × 6.38 × 0.94 in

    Crack near edge.

    $125.29

    Satinwood – East Indian (Figured)

    Crack near edge.

    SATINEI1069
    57.19 × 6.38 × 0.94 in

    $125.29

    Satinwood – East Indian (Figured)
    SATINEI1069
    57.19 × 6.38 × 0.94 in

    $125.29

    Satinwood – East Indian (Figured)

    Clear.

    SATINEI1065
    30.5 × 4 × 0.94 in

    Clear.

    $46.08

    Satinwood – East Indian (Figured)

    Clear.

    SATINEI1065
    30.5 × 4 × 0.94 in

    $46.08

    Satinwood – East Indian (Figured)
    SATINEI1065
    30.5 × 4 × 0.94 in

    $46.08

    Satinwood – East Indian (Figured)

    Surface checks.

    SATINEI1064
    37.88 × 4.19 × 0.94 in

    Surface checks.

    $49.05

    Satinwood – East Indian (Figured)

    Surface checks.

    SATINEI1064
    37.88 × 4.19 × 0.94 in

    $49.05

    Satinwood – East Indian (Figured)
    SATINEI1064
    37.88 × 4.19 × 0.94 in

    $49.05

    Satinwood – East Indian (Figured)

    Light checks. Tiny knot near end.

    SATINEI1061
    34 × 4.13 × 0.94 in

    Light checks. Tiny knot near end.

    $48.22

    Satinwood – East Indian (Figured)

    Light checks. Tiny knot near end.

    SATINEI1061
    34 × 4.13 × 0.94 in

    $48.22

    Satinwood – East Indian (Figured)
    SATINEI1061
    34 × 4.13 × 0.94 in

    $48.22

    Turning Squares – Satinwood – East Indian
    Our East Indian Satinwood turning blanks come in range of sizes and are excellent quality lumber.The sizes are all rough-guides, but are basically accurate.If you have very strict size criteria, please just drop us an email to confirm they will meet your expectations.The photographs are representative of the stock you will receive.  You won't necessarily receive surfaced blanks.
    TURNSATINEI1001

    Our East Indian Satinwood turning blanks come in range of sizes and are excellent quality lumber.

    The sizes are all rough-guides, but are basically accurate.

    If you have very strict size criteria, please just drop us an email to confirm they will meet your expectations.

    The photographs are representative of the stock you will receive.  You won’t necessarily receive surfaced blanks.

    $2.00$60.00

    Turning Squares – Satinwood – East Indian
    Our East Indian Satinwood turning blanks come in range of sizes and are excellent quality lumber.The sizes are all rough-guides, but are basically accurate.If you have very strict size criteria, please just drop us an email to confirm they will meet your expectations.The photographs are representative of the stock you will receive.  You won't necessarily receive surfaced blanks.

    $2.00$60.00

    Turning Blank Pack – Satinwood, East Indian
    East Indian Satinwood turning blanks
    • 5 x East Indian Satinwood: 12 x 2 x 2
    • 2 x East Indian Satinwood: 12 x 1 x 1
    Any woodturners delight...!Please note: we surfaced one edge on the samples to show how they will look. You won't necessarily received surfaced blanks.
    TURNPACK002
    12 × 12 × 2 in

    East Indian Satinwood turning blanks

    • 5 x East Indian Satinwood: 12 x 2 x 2
    • 2 x East Indian Satinwood: 12 x 1 x 1

    Any woodturners delight…!

    Please note: we surfaced one edge on the samples to show how they will look. You won’t necessarily received surfaced blanks.

    $55.00

    Turning Blank Pack – Satinwood, East Indian
    East Indian Satinwood turning blanks
    • 5 x East Indian Satinwood: 12 x 2 x 2
    • 2 x East Indian Satinwood: 12 x 1 x 1
    Any woodturners delight...!Please note: we surfaced one edge on the samples to show how they will look. You won't necessarily received surfaced blanks.

    $55.00

    Satinwood – East Indian (Figured)
    Knots, Wormholes
    SATINEI1059
    60.19 × 4.94 × 0.94 in

    Knots, Wormholes

    $102.10

    Satinwood – East Indian (Figured)
    Knots, Wormholes
    SATINEI1059
    60.19 × 4.94 × 0.94 in

    $102.10

    Satinwood – East Indian (Figured)
    SATINEI1059
    60.19 × 4.94 × 0.94 in

    $102.10

    Satinwood – East Indian
    Checks one side.
    SATINEI1031
    38.75 × 3.88 × 0.94 in

    Checks one side.

    $36.88

    Satinwood – East Indian
    Checks one side.
    SATINEI1031
    38.75 × 3.88 × 0.94 in

    $36.88

    Satinwood – East Indian
    SATINEI1031
    38.75 × 3.88 × 0.94 in

    $36.88

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    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.

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    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.

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    Chakte Viga

    This vibrant Central America 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.

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    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:
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    Common Uses
    longhi
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