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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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    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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    Satinwood – East Indian

    $40.72

    SATINEI1083
    0.94" x 3.06" x 54.25"

    Small knots

    Satinwood – East Indian

    $47.68

    SATINEI1082
    0.94" x 3.25" x 54.38"

    Nice board

    Satinwood – East Indian

    $45.25

    SATINEI1081
    0.81" x 6" x 30.75"

    Checks

    Satinwood – East Indian

    $82.63

    SATINEI1079
    0.88" x 7.88" x 42.75"

    Checks

    Turning Squares – Satinwood – East Indian

    $2.00$60.00

    TURNSATINEI1001
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    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.

    Turning Blank Pack – Satinwood, East Indian

    $55.00

    TURNPACK002
    2" x 12" x 12"

    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.

    Satinwood – East Indian (Figured)

    $102.10

    SATINEI1059
    0.94" x 4.94" x 60.19"

    Knots, Wormholes

    Satinwood – East Indian

    $36.88

    SATINEI1031
    0.94" x 3.88" x 38.75"

    Checks one side.

    Fingerboard – Satinwood – East Indian

    $30.00

    FINGERSATIN1001
    0.3" x 3" x 21"

    East Indian Satinwood Fingerboard

    21″ x 3″ x 0.30″ (minimum)

    Manufactured with luthiers in mind, but excellent blanks for box-making and other smaller items

    Photographs are representative of what you will receive

    If you have a strict dimensional requirement, please contact us to confirm we select the correct dimensions for you.

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