Formal Name: Pterocarpus soyauxii
Color: Vividly colored heartwood, that when freshly cut appears deep red. After exposure, it turns to a deep purple-brown with red streaks. The distinct sapwood ranges in color from white to yellowish-brown.
Workability: Relatively easy to work with hand and machine tools with only minimal blunting effect. It saws well but some tearing of interlocked grain should be expected. Glues easily and holds nails and screws well. Can be polished to a lustrous surface and accepts stain with very good results.
Physical Properties: Moderately heavy, strong, stiff, with exceptional stability. A strong wood with medium resistance to shock.
Interior/Exterior: both interior and exterior