Formal Name: Dalbergia retusa
Color: Heartwood contains many colors and can range from yellow, orange to a reddish-brown with dark brown to black streaks throughout. Sapwood is a whitish color and is not frequently used for commercial purposes.
Shade: Dark
Grain: Fairly straight grain but can be interwoven with a fine to medium-fine texture.
Workability: Due to the high oil content found in this wood, it can occassionally cause problems with gluing. In addition, the wood's color can bleed into surrounding wood when applying a finish, so care should be taken when applying initial coats not to smear. Tearout can occur during planing if interlocked grain is present. The wood has a moderate blunting effect on cutting edges. Has excellent turning properties.
Physical Properties: Extremely dense and hard wood. Strong and tough with excellent shock resistant qualities and a high crushing strength. Moderate steam bending characteristics.
Uses: jewerly boxes, gun and knife grips, clock cases and musical instruments, as well as fine furniture and flooring when large enough pieces are available
Interior/Exterior: interior and exterior use
Origin: Central America

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