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Kingwood Dalbergia cearensis

SMALLER ROSEWOOD WITH DISTINCTIVE PATTERN
Kingwood is one of the rosewoods, with fantastic grain patterning and color, but it suffers from being only a relatively small tree. As a result there is a risk of heart shakes on any board, and the dramatically contrasting pale sapwood, if not integrated into a design, can be very wasteful. The trunk is rarely wider than 10 inches in diameter.

KEY CHARACTERISTICS

Type Tropical hardwood
Other names Violetwood, vlolete, violet kingwood
Sources Brazil
Color Pink or light red to rich dark brown, with yellowcream sapwood
Texture Fine and even
Grain Straight, but there can be inconsistency in the density of the growth rings.
Hardness Hard
Weight Very heavy (75 lb./cu. ft.) (1200 kg/cu. m)
Strength Strong, but considered brittle
Seasoning and stability Prone to checking while it seasons. Stable once dry.
Wastage Trees with a small diameter tend to have high wastage, with a high proportion of sapwood and the risk of heart shakes.
Range of board widths Very limited, with boards no wider than about 8 inches, and usually narrower.
Range of board thicknesses Limited
Durability Thought to be durable

VARIATIONS
Any veneer or board is likely to incorporate both plainsawn and quartersawn sections. Consider using the contrasting sapwood for effect.

SUSTAINABILITY
Though it has not been listed as endangered, kingwood is always likely to be in short supply, and you are unlikely to find certified lumber.

AVAILABILITY AND COST
Very rare and very expensive.




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