Woodcraft Woodshop - Bloodwood/Satine 3" x 3" x 12"
Bloodwood (brosimum paraense), or "cardinal wood" as it is commonly referred to, is a medium to hard wood with red to crimson color and tight, straight, interlocking grain. Excellent for turning. A...
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- South America
- Tight, straight, interlocking grain
- Red to crimson color
Due to the nature of wood movement, shrinkage and expansion are possible. Please measure each piece carefully before starting any project.
Wood is a product of nature, and as such, no two pieces are alike to start with, while the same wood growing in different locales can vary greatly even though it is the exact same species.
Thin Stock. The thin stock is cut to size from quality, kiln-dried stock. Dimensions are +/- 1/8" of size listed.
Carving and Turning Blocks. Blocks are sawn to +/- ¼" of size listed.
Plywood. Sizes are nominal. Dimensions are +/- 1/8" of size listed.
Pretty wood, some warnings
I ordered this blank to make a peppermill as a gift. I've used bloodwood before, including bowl blanks from Woodcraft. This wood was very dissimilar. It is far lighter in color and larger in grain than other specimens I've encountered. The macro photo on the page for the blank is not a good representation; instead look at the Woodcraft page for the species. The blanks pictured there are very close to what I received. What I received was *soaking* wet green. I was very disappointed because I've never gotten a blank from Woodcraft that was not at least mostly dry. I pay Woodcraft's higher prices for the convenience of good quality, ready-to-use wood at my doorstep in a few days. Because I needed to use the wood for a gift for a few days hence, I was forced to complete the turning, despite the danger of cracking. And yes, it cracked as it dried over the next two days. Enough to be a total loss, and I had to find wood elsewhere. I fault Woodcraft for not indicating the high moisture level on this product. That said, what came off the lathe looked very nice and was a pleasure to turn. Not splintery, smooth polished cuts, tight interlocking grain. Very pretty. Just don't expect to turn with it for at least a year, probably two.
Beautiful but dense
I made four oil candle holders with my piece of bloodwood. The color is amazing. Only con is that the wood is extremely dense and will dull your turning tool quite quickly. Just be prepared to sharpen.
Made beautiful pepper mills.
I have never worked with this wood before. It came as green wood. I removed the wax, cut it in 3 sections for pepper mills, and dried it slowly. It is a heavy, beautiful wood that turned into very beautiful pepper mills. I want to find a larger piece and make a bowl.
Beautiful segmented cane
I use many of your woods to turn canes. My Jet mini-lathe requires that the pieces are turned as segments. Buying a 3"x3"x12" base stock is less expensive . . . I rip this block into 1-1/4" spindle stock (and use the thin left-over pieces for blanks for my daughter's jewery creations).