BOTANIC NAME: Dalbergia cearensis.
COMMON NAMES: Kingwood.
DESCRIPTION: Density 1020 kg/m3. Heartwood is a dark purplish or reddish brown with darker black streaks. Sapwood is a pale yellow. Grain is usually straight; occasionally interlocked. Fine, uniform texture and a high natural luster.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Tends to be difficult to work due to its high density. Kingwood has a moderate blunting effect on cutters, and tear out can occur during planning if interlocked grain is present. Can be difficult to glue due to natural oils and high density. Turns very well and takes a high polish.
DRYING: Dries slowly. Natural oils can interrupt the process.
USES: Guitar tops, backs, fingerboards and bridges.