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Brazilian Tulipwood Dalbergia frutescens
STRIKING PINK AND RED ROSEWOOD RELATIVE
Though it is not as dark as many of the Dalbergia rosewoods, Brazilian tulipwood is nonetheless a distinctive and beautiful lumber. It should not be confused with tuliptree (Liriodendron tulipifera), which is sometimes known as tulipwood. One key drawback, however, is that it is available only in limited dimensions and may therefore suffer from instability. It finishes well but tends to splinter and crack, and even the veneer is likely to warp and split.

KEY CHARACTERISTICS
Type Tropical hardwood
Other names Pinkwood, pan rosa, hors de rose
Sources Brazil
Color Pale yellow or straw, with pink, red and brown streaks. Unfortunately the colors tend to fade with age.
Texture Fine to medium, and reasonably even
Grain Slightly wavy
Hardness Hard
Weight Heavy (60 lb./cu. ft.) (960 kg/cu. m)

AVAILABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY
Surprisingly, Brazilian tulipwood has not been listed as endangered or vulnerable. However, it is likely to be expensive and is most easily bought as veneer.




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