Bahia rosewood, Rio rosewood (UK).
The grain is mostly straight, sometimes wavy and the texture rather coarse. It is oily and gritty to the touch.
Varies from chocolate or violet-brown to violet streaked with black, often with variegated streaks of golden brown.
Average 850 kg/m3 (53 lb/ft3).
Bending strength – High
Crushing strength – High
Stiffness – Low
Steam bending classification – Very good
It air dries slowly with a tendency to check, but kilning shows little degrade. There is small movement in service.
There is a severe blunting effect on cutting edges and tends to be difficult to work. Requires pre-boring for nailing; gluing can be troublesome and the oiliness can also make high polishing difficult. However, with care, a beautiful smooth finish can be obtained.
Very durable, the heartwood resists biodegradation.
Both solid and veneer, highest quality furniture and cabinetmaking
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