Wood of the Month: Bloodwood
With heartwood that varies from a pale orange-red to a deep red, bloodwood trees are native to Brazil, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru and Panama among other regions. It is the most commonly used exotic wood in the United States, according to Woodworking Network.
Popular for its rich tones and gold luster, bloodwood is often used as an accent wood to create contrast with other light colored woods, but is also used to create one-of-a-kind pieces. As a very dense wood, bloodwood is known to be difficult to sand and mill. Apparently, this has not stopped many woodworkers from wanting to use it in the following ways.
- Musical instruments
- Decorative veneers
- Inlay in high-end hardwood flooring
- Billiard cues
- Carving and turning
- Decorative boxes
Schutte Lumber in Kansas City has bloodwood as well as several other domestic and exotic hardwoods. To learn more about the available timber products at our lumberyard and showroom contact us at 888-470-4181.
Photo via Woodworking Network