Pau Ferro is more and more claimed every day by luthiers and big instrument makers, it’s a good alternative to Rosewoods and Bubinga. It’s used for many parts of the instrument because of its multiple qualities. Pau Ferro bridges are an excellent option for bridges too (good tension resistance and sound transmission).
Its good price-quality relationships makes it very used for guitar bridges. Don’t miss the beautiful mesh and high quality of Maderas Barber’s Pau Ferro bridges.
BOTANICAL NAME: Machaerium scleroxylon
DESCRIPTION: 940 kg/m3 density wood of different tonalities. The whiteness has a light yellow colour and the heartwood can change a lot, going from reddish orange to violet brown. Dark contrasted grain, usually straight, but sometimes it can be irregular or intertwined too. It has a thin texture and a high natural bright.
SUGGESTIONS: Machining has an average difficulty. It tends to blunt the tools. Good natural finish. High toxicity caused by the wood dust.
DRYING: Slow drying speed. It hardly presents deformation risks, but maybe a new crack or aggravating the existent ones.
USES: Apart from being used for fingerboards, it’s also used for sounding boards, bridges, headplates, tops and wind instruments.