Tulipwood!
Dalbergia variabilis or Dalbergia frutescens. Tulipwood is also called: jacaranda, bahia rosewood, pink wood, jacaranda Rosa, and bois de rose. This rosewood is a small tree (shrub) from Brazil that averages 2-10" in diameter without sapwood. Most billets are 3-5" in diameter as this is a rare species and is only found in small 1" or 2" lumber or veneer and is not plentiful in either. There is a prominent heart defect that prevents many clean boards over 4-5" in width. In fact the average width is only 2-3/8". Weighing about 60 pounds per cubic foot, the wood is dense and takes a very nice polish. Tulip is prone to splitting when drilling holes for pens so use a sharp bit, letting the bit cut without forcing it into the end grain. Used for fine articles including cutlery, turning, jewelry boxes, and pens.  Brilliantly colored pink, this marvel of nature is a true Rosewood that has all of the incredible working properties of Rosewoods! It is air dried, surfaced on two sides and ready to use. Generally these pieces are clean but a rough corner edge or check may be present. Ships to USA only due to Cites regulations.

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