Kingwood Hardwood


Kingwood, also known by its botanical name Dalbergia cearensis, is a versatile timber with a variety of colors and a rich, glossy texture. The heartwood displays a range of colors, from a deep violet-brown, to almost black, with streaks of dark violet, violet-brown, black and sometimes yellow. The sapwood is almost white, and is usually removed before the timber is exported. Kingwood is an excellent choice for cabinetmaking, furniture, turnery and many other projects. It is a durable and attractive timber, with a uniform texture and a smooth surface. If currently available from sustainable and legal sources, you can use our system to be connected with suppliers of Kingwood.

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Also Called:
Violete (Brazil), Violet Wood (Usa), Violetta, Bois Violet (France)

Durability Notes:
Kingwood wood is a durable timber.

The drying and seasoning of Kingwood is dependant on a number of factors; the speed in which it is processed after felling and logging, the method of drying and the specific kilns or location (if air dried). Generally the care taken by those processing the wood will have an impact on its drying and seasoning. As an overview; Kingwood - can split when being air-dried, if care is not taken. Kingwood will kiln-dry well without impact on the grade and quality of the wood and is stable in use. Please note that all wood is liable to move when in service plus there can be dimensional change. The extent of this will depend on; the stability of the species itself, the conditions it is exposed to, the coating, decoration and protection. You will find more information about the suitability of this wood, for any proposed application, by using our interactive system and the filters shown.

Kingwood is extremely dense and heavy. The wood is tough and strong in all categories but it is often used for decorative purposes as only small section sizes are available. Due to its density and waxy properties, it can be brought to a high quality finish. Gluing requires some care. Kingwood works well with both hand and machine tools but does have a blunting effect on tools.

Typical Uses:
Furniture, Cabinetry, Musical Instruments, Flooring, Turning, Carving, Decorative Inlay, Gunstocks.

Moisture Content:
Guide - 10-18% for KD (+/- 2%)

Commonly asked questions about Kingwood

Is Kingwood a hardwood or a softwood? Kingwood is a hardwood. It is the same for; is Kingwood hardwood or softwood? - Kingwood is a hardwood.

Most groups/families of species share the same characteristics but this normally relates to their life as plants. Individual species do not always share the same characteristics as their relatives, in terms of the wood. Many factors influence how we use the wood and what we use it for, including where it grows, how it is forested, how it seasons/dries, etc. The answers to the following common questions, therefore relate to this particular species/wood and not the Kingwood family as a whole. Even more specific – our answers relate to the wood (as we know it) in its form as a useable resource.

What colour is Kingwood? Kingwood can be described as brown, dark brown, dark red, red

Is Kingwood good for outdoor use? or is Kingwood good for exterior use? Kingwood is most suited for exterior/external use. Kingwood can be used as an exterior/external timber (without treatment).

Whether the wood is naturally durable or not we would still recommend that it is decorated and/or coated with a suitable product to provide protection and/or maintain its appearance. This even applies when using the wood internally as, even subtle, changes in temperature or humidity will affect the wood. This will depend on the application/purpose of the wood and the user’s desired appearance. We also recommend that a recoating, care and maintenance programme is adhered to, for the life of an exterior wood. Wood cannot rot if it is kept dry – coatings and decoration can provide this protection. All of that said there are many durable timbers that are often left to weather naturally and will last for many years untreated/coated – movement and visual changes will occur but this is sometimes the desired effect. All wood is hygroscopic (it 'wants' to be in tune with its environment) it will therefore take on water from moisture in the air (or when directly exposed to or submerged in water) and ‘release it’ when dry or exposed to heat. This, inevitably, results in movement and dimensional change. For more about moisture in wood please click here - Moisture in wood

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