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Peroba rosa Aspidosperma polyneuron

Like so many tropical hardwoods, peroba rosa is a joy to use when the grain is straight, but a devil when it is interlocking. More often than not, though, this is an easy wood to work, with a creamy texture and only a slight risk of chipping. It has a distinctive orangey color and a very smooth luster. Used for construction in Brazil, it is growing in popularity elsewhere for furniture and interior trim. This species is certainly worth trying, but be aware that within a board you are likely to encounter darker streaks that may be difficult to avoid. Peroba rosa is likely to move moderately once dry, and there is some risk of distortion during seasoning.

Type Tropical hardwood
Other names A. Peroba, rosa peroba, red peroba, pink peroba, paid rosa, amargosa, amarello
Related species A. desmanthum, A. australe
Sources Brazil and other South American countries
Color Pale red or orange, with some much darker streaks
Texture Fine and even
Grain Generally straight, but some interlocking or wavy grain
Hardness Medium to hard
Weight Medium to heavy (47 lb./cu. ft.) (750 kg/cu. m)

Peroba rosa is used extensively in Brazil and is now widely available elsewhere at a moderate price. It has been listed by the IUCN as endangered, but fortunately certified supplies are available and should be used whenever possible.

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