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South American Hardwoods: Bloodwood

Posted on January 30th, 2012 In: Articles

The hardwood flooring species known as “bloodwood” almost sounds as though it belongs inside Dracula’s castle, but in fact it is a beautiful surfacing option that hails from South America, nowhere near Translyvania! Although bloodwood is its most common name, probably because that name is so memorable, the same species can sometimes be found in flooring stores under names such as cardinal wood, conduru, satine rubane, and satinjout.

Bloodwood grows in several areas in the northern section of South America, including Suriname, French Guyana, and Brazil.  One glance at a plank of bloodwood is often enough to explain this wood’s unusual name: a frequent hue the wood exhibits is a rich, intense shade of crimson, just like blood.  However, bloodwood can also exhibit other hues, with a red that borders on grey tones also common.  Planks are not usually completely uniform in colour as most have some striping or variegation.

These can appear in shades of both yellow and red.
If bloodwood is left untreated, it will mellow to a shade that is a rich brown.  To forestall this, home owners need to apply lacquer or another quality sealing agent.  This will help the wood retain more of its red hues.  Bloodwood tends to be resistant to both insects and other forms of decay; on the other hand, some people do experience an allergic reaction to dust that is sanded off of bloodwood flooring.  For this reason, floor sanding services frequently recommended dustless floor sanding when floors are made of bloodwood.

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