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Tulipwood

Dalbergia decipularis: Dalbergia frutescens
Also known as |
Brazilian Tulipwood|Jacaranda Rosa|Pau de Fuso|Pinkwood|Tulipwood
Tulipwood Lumber @ Rare Woods USA

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.

This species is listed in CITES Appendix II, but not yet on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Why We Love This Wood

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).

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    Vital Statistics
    Main Color GroupPink
    Grain Pattern Pronounced
    Avg Dry Weight - LB/BF5
    Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3970
    Janka Hardness - LBF2500
    Janka Hardness - N11120
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    4/4 Lumber
    Rustic
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    65
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    Tulipwood-Rustic-6/4Lumber

    6/4 Lumber

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    65
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    Tulipwood-Rustic-8/4Lumber

    8/4 Lumber

    Rustic
    bf
    65
    bf
    no
    Tulipwood-Rustic-12/4Lumber

    12/4 Lumber

    Rustic
    bf
    65
    bf
    no
    Tulipwood-Premium-4/4Lumber

    4/4 Lumber

    bf
    110
    bf
    no

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    Tulipwood
    Width tapers to 2.5". Skip planed. Worm track.
    TULP1296
    50.06 × 3 × 0.88 in

    Width tapers to 2.5″. Skip planed. Worm track.

    $93.64

    Tulipwood
    Width tapers to 2.5". Skip planed. Worm track.
    TULP1296
    50.06 × 3 × 0.88 in

    $93.64

    Tulipwood
    TULP1296
    50.06 × 3 × 0.88 in

    $93.64

    Tulipwood
    Checks.
    TULP1295
    38.88 × 3 × 0.88 in

    Checks.

    $72.72

    Tulipwood
    Checks.
    TULP1295
    38.88 × 3 × 0.88 in

    $72.72

    Tulipwood
    TULP1295
    38.88 × 3 × 0.88 in

    $72.72

    Tulipwood
    Skip planed. Checks.
    TULP1293
    35.06 × 2.63 × 0.88 in

    Skip planed. Checks.

    $57.49

    Tulipwood
    Skip planed. Checks.
    TULP1293
    35.06 × 2.63 × 0.88 in

    $57.49

    Tulipwood
    TULP1293
    35.06 × 2.63 × 0.88 in

    $57.49

    Tulipwood
    Defect on edge. Skip planed.
    TULP1291
    34.88 × 2.5 × 0.94 in

    Defect on edge. Skip planed.

    $54.37

    Tulipwood
    Defect on edge. Skip planed.
    TULP1291
    34.88 × 2.5 × 0.94 in

    $54.37

    Tulipwood
    TULP1291
    34.88 × 2.5 × 0.94 in

    $54.37

    Tulipwood
    Checks.
    TULP1289
    33 × 2.94 × 1 in

    Checks.

    $65.99

    Tulipwood
    Checks.
    TULP1289
    33 × 2.94 × 1 in

    $65.99

    Tulipwood
    TULP1289
    33 × 2.94 × 1 in

    $65.99

    Tulipwood
    Skip planed.
    TULP1288
    43.19 × 2.06 × 0.94 in

    Skip planed.

    $60.52

    Tulipwood
    Skip planed.
    TULP1288
    43.19 × 2.06 × 0.94 in

    $60.52

    Tulipwood
    TULP1288
    43.19 × 2.06 × 0.94 in

    $60.52

    Tulipwood
    Checks.
    TULP1284
    39.63 × 2.88 × 0.94 in

    Checks.

    $71.16

    Tulipwood
    Checks.
    TULP1284
    39.63 × 2.88 × 0.94 in

    $71.16

    Tulipwood
    TULP1284
    39.63 × 2.88 × 0.94 in

    $71.16

    Tulipwood
    Skip planed.
    TULP1283
    43.63 × 2.25 × 0.94 in

    Skip planed.

    $66.77

    Tulipwood
    Skip planed.
    TULP1283
    43.63 × 2.25 × 0.94 in

    $66.77

    Tulipwood
    TULP1283
    43.63 × 2.25 × 0.94 in

    $66.77

    Tulipwood
    Skip planed.
    TULP1282
    46.5 × 2.75 × 0.94 in

    Skip planed.

    $86.98

    Tulipwood
    Skip planed.
    TULP1282
    46.5 × 2.75 × 0.94 in

    $86.98

    Tulipwood
    TULP1282
    46.5 × 2.75 × 0.94 in

    $86.98

    Tulipwood – rustic

    Rustic.

    TULP1277
    36.94 × 6.75 × 1.25 in

    Rustic.

    $159.00

    Tulipwood – rustic

    Rustic.

    TULP1277
    36.94 × 6.75 × 1.25 in

    $159.00

    Tulipwood – rustic
    TULP1277
    36.94 × 6.75 × 1.25 in

    $159.00

    Tulipwood – rustic

    Rustic.

    TULP1271
    35 × 6.25 × 1.13 in

    Rustic.

    $126.10

    Tulipwood – rustic

    Rustic.

    TULP1271
    35 × 6.25 × 1.13 in

    $126.10

    Tulipwood – rustic
    TULP1271
    35 × 6.25 × 1.13 in

    $126.10

    Tulipwood – rustic

    Rustic.

    TULP1267
    27.25 × 5.75 × 1.31 in

    Rustic.

    $104.71

    Tulipwood – rustic

    Rustic.

    TULP1267
    27.25 × 5.75 × 1.31 in

    $104.71

    Tulipwood – rustic
    TULP1267
    27.25 × 5.75 × 1.31 in

    $104.71

    Tulipwood – rustic

    Rustic.

    TULP1266
    27.38 × 6.25 × 1.25 in

    Rustic.

    $109.12

    Tulipwood – rustic

    Rustic.

    TULP1266
    27.38 × 6.25 × 1.25 in

    $109.12

    Tulipwood – rustic
    TULP1266
    27.38 × 6.25 × 1.25 in

    $109.12

    Tulipwood – Prime
    Clear.
    TULP1251
    34.13 × 2.75 × 0.88 in

    Clear.

    $80.30

    Tulipwood – Prime
    Clear.
    TULP1251
    34.13 × 2.75 × 0.88 in

    $80.30

    Tulipwood – Prime
    TULP1251
    34.13 × 2.75 × 0.88 in

    $80.30

    Tulipwood – Prime
    Small defect.
    TULP1248
    36.25 × 1.88 × 0.94 in

    Small defect.

    $58.31

    Tulipwood – Prime
    Small defect.
    TULP1248
    36.25 × 1.88 × 0.94 in

    $58.31

    Tulipwood – Prime
    TULP1248
    36.25 × 1.88 × 0.94 in

    $58.31

    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:
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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.

    Common Uses:
    boxmaking, inlay, specialty items, turnings
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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.

    Common Uses:
    fine furniture, furniture, inlay, turnings
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    Common Uses
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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:
    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
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    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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