Kingwood (Dalbergia, cearensis)
Similiar Woods: Santos Rosewood, Tulipwood (SA)
Trade Names: Kingwood, pau violete
Origin: South American
Uses: Inlay, marquetry, oyster veneering, antique reproduction furniture from the signs of King Louie XIV & XV of France
Properties: A small tree, with diameters rarely reaching 12" and lengths of clear cuts (before branches) rarely exceeding 6'. The heartwood is variegated with colors of orange-red to violete-brown while having black contrasty striping. It's a hard and strong specie which is prized for its color.
Machining: Works well with machine and hand tools with moderate dulling effect.
Seasoning: Dries rapidly and care is needed to avoid tendancies to split and check.