|Blue Mahoe |
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DESCRIPTION: It is the Royal wood of Jamaica & its leaves have been used to wrap Cuban cigars. The wood is one of two woods in the World that has a pronounced metallic blue color. Heartwood can be highly varied in color, usually grayish or olive brown colored, sometimes with streaks of green, blue, or purple. The narrow sapwood is pale yellow. One of very few woods with an overall gray heartwood appearance & the only wood with a bluish hue.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Native to Cuba & Jamaica; widely planted throughout the Caribbean & Islands of the West Indies.
BOTANICAL NAME: Talipariti elatum (syn. Hibiscus elatus)
WORKING PROPERTIES: Dense & moderately easy to work, it takes a nice polish & is very iridescent when quarter sawn. Overall easy to work with both hand & machine tools. Turns, glues & finishes well.
USES: It is an excellent wood for ukuleles & other stringed instruments as it has a bright tap tone with good sustain. Cabinetry, furniture, turned objects, carvings, musical instruments, inlay, marquetry & interior trim.
JANKA HARDNESS: 1330