Other Names and Species:
South America (Brazil, French Guiana, Suriname)
The heartwood of this species varies from a grayish red to a deep, rich crimson. The texture of bloodwood is exceedingly fine and smooth, almost silky, and the grain can range from straight to variable. This wood is quite lustrous and may have variegated red and yellow stripes. Untreated, bloodwood ages to a deep brown color, unless lacquer is applied to extend aging in order to help preserve the distinctive red color of the wood.
Bloodwood is durable and has high crushing and bending strength. While it possesses characteristics of medium stiffness and resistence to shock, it does tend to splinter. This wood is very resistant to decay and insects; these resistant properties may contribute to a possible allergic response to the dust.
Janka Hardness: 2900
Bloodwood is a very hard wood flooring species. It is just over one hundred and twenty-four percent harder than red oak, twice as hard as hard maple, slightly over fifty-nine percent harder than hickory or pecan, nearly fifty-one percent harder than jarrah, and just under one third harder than santos mahogany's ranking of 2200.
Despite being hard and tough, bloodwood works easily with both hand and power tools. If you are nailing the wood, it may require pre-drilled holds to prevent splitting. It holds screws well, and it glues, stains, and polishes to a very attractive finish. To avoid a possible allergic reaction to the material, wear a dusk mask and long-sleeve shirt when working with bloodwood.
Bloodwood is widely used in wood flooring, cabinetry, furniture, decorative inlays and veneers, and marquetry work.