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Bloodwood Brosimum paraense
COLORFUL COUSIN OF THE MULBERRIES
Bloodwood, often known as satine, belongs to the mulberry family (Moraceae). Few woods are so dramatic but also so uniform in color, and bloodwood is also wonderfully smooth and even in texture, perhaps because the tree grows so tall and straight. The color will diminish with age, and wide boards are not always available, but bloodwood is surprisingly easy to use and polishes up to a good luster.

KEY CHARACTERISTICS

Type Tropical hardwood
Other names B. rubescens, satire
Sources South America
Color Deep red, with yellow-white sapwood
Texture Fine to medium
Grain Straight, but occasionally interlocking
Hardness Hard
Weight Very heavy (60 b./cu. ft.) (960 kg/cu. m)

AVAILABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY
Not widely available, so you will need to hunt down specialty stores or online suppliers, and it is expensive. Bloodwood is often supplied as veneer. The sapwood is particularly wide, so boards may be very limited in width. Not listed as endangered.



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