OTHER COMMON NAMES:
Tulipwood, Brazilian Tulipwood, Pau Rosa, Bois De Rose, Pinkwood, Pau De Fuso, Jacaranda Fosa
Tulipwood is prized for inlay and marquetry applications, turnery, fine furniture, veneers, cabinetry, musical instruments and small specialty wood products.
Central America, South America
Tulipwood is prized for its coloration and markings, with irregular streaks of red, yellow and purple hues.
Tulipwood lumber is typically straight grained.
Fine texture with medium sized, open pores.
Relatively stable with little dimensional movement.
Tulipwood is generally considered to have a low resistance to decay. It is, however, somewhat more resistant to insect infestation.
Its high density makes Tulipwood difficult to work, with a significant blunting effect on cutting edges.
The sharpest tools are recommended in order to overcome Tulipwood’s relatively high density.
Sharp tools, reduced angles and adjusted feed rates are required when machining Tulipwood stock.
As Tulipwood is expensive and in relatively short supply, most stock arrives in the form of smaller pieces perfectly suited for projects on the woodworker’s lathe.
Difficulties in gluing can arise from the high volume of natural oils found within the wood.
Tulipwood exhibits very good polishing characteristics.
Due to its stunning appearance, clear or natural finishes are recommended in order to let Tulipwood’s beauty shine through.