Bloodwood is a wood with the densest tone of red in the world. And it’s even heavier when it oxidizes. However, its exotic appearance is not the only benefit of this wood. Bloodwood is a wood with a high quality for building musical instruments.
Grain in this wood is very cramped, like ebony. And because of being a very special wood, bloodwood is not always available, sometimes due to forest regulation or the lack of new plantations.
Take a look to the bloodwood sides for classic guitar we have in Maderas Barber, and feel the red passion in your instrument.
BOTANIC NAME: Brosimum rubescens
COMMON NAMES : Bloodwood
ORIGIN: Tropical South America.
DESCRIPTION: Density 1050 Kg/m3. Heartwood is bright, deep red colour. Sapwood has a pale yellowish colour. Colour can darken to a darker brownish red over time with exposure to light. Straight grain pattern, occasionally interlocking. Fine texture and good natural luster.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Bloodwood is extremely dense, and has a pronounced blunting effect on cutters. The wood tends to be brittle and can splinter easily while being worked.
The wood’s dust has been reported as occasionally causing effects such as thirst and salivation, as well as nausea.
DRYING: Drying process is slow and must be done carefully.
USES: Guitar backs and sides.