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Bolivian Rosewood Species Details   (Back to Species List)

Detailed information pertaining to Bolivian Rosewood (Machaerium, sclieroxylon) is detailed below:

Specie Names
Lumber Name(s): Morado, Moradillo, Santos Palisander.
Grown in: Bolivia, Brazil.
Description
Bolivian Rosewood is a beautiful, rosewood like wood with black striping on top of a dark brown background.
Color Range and Color Change
Color Range: Bolivian Rosewood offers a wide range of colors from medium to light browns through to almost black brown purplish tones, on top of which there is frequent black striping.
Color Change: Bolivian Rosewood undergoes a substantial degree of color change as the wood lightens over time and more so in direct sunlight from the darker brown tones to lighter gold/tan tones with a muting the fresh milled color variation.
Where to Use
Bolivian Rosewood may be used both residentially and commercially wherever the rich bold look of a rosewood is desired.
Special Characteristics and Issues
Site Sanding/ Finishing: Bolivian Rosewood is known to have adverse reactions when certain oil based finishes are used with this wood. Many oil finishes will not dry properly. In general, most water based finishes work with Bolivian Rosewood. ALWAYS test the finish you propose to use FIRST on test pieces to ensure compatibility.
Allergic Reactions: Bolivian Rosewood is well known to cause both contact dermatitis respiratory reactions when coming into contact with the dust. Extreme care must be taken when cutting or sanding this wood.
Product availability
Available in the following collections: Explorer.
See a list of all Bolivian Rosewood products.
Hardness Chart
Hardness Chart for Bolivian Rosewood.
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