Bloodwood is the wood with the densest red tone in the world. A tone which increases when it rusts, not like Padouk. However, luthiers not only appreciate this wood for its red tone, they also value other qualities as its great sound and its tight grain.
Although being so demanded, there are not always the same availability of this wood, due to forest regulation and the lack of plantations. Nevertheless, we usually have Bloodwood backs in our stock for your classic guitar: an exotic and quality wood.
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.