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Granadillo
(Platymiscium yucatanum)

Also known as:
  Macawood, Macacauba, Coyote, Cristobal, Guayacan, Kira, Trebol, Trebal
Status:
  RARE
Origin:  
  Southern Mexico to the Brazilian Amazon region, and Trinidad
Traditional Uses:
  Instruments; Fine Furniture; Cabinetry; Turnery; Carving; Gunstocks; Billiard Cues

An exotic hardwood full of character, Granadillo’s heartwood consists mostly of red to reddish brown coloring and black undertones with occasional violets and oranges penetrating thru.  The sapwood is blonde to ivory white and augments the overall appearance of this beautiful tonewood.  

Granadillo is very hard and dense with a medium to fine texture and makes an excellent turning candidate. It is frequently used as a replacement wood for Cocobolo and Honduras Rosewood and does not have the negative allergenic properties of either. Typical straight grain patterns with some irregularity, it is also known to have frequent figuring. Granadillo heartwood is also extremely resistant to fungi and termite attack, which is due to its content of secondary metabolites.  Also known for its exceptionally high bending strength in the air dry condition (12%MC).

Tone Qualities:
In South America, it is highly regarded as the best tonewood choice for marimba and xylophone bones and is often referenced as “La Madera Que Canta” (“wood that sings”). Granadillo has been said to have a ringing, bright tap tone and is gaining popularity amongst American instrument makers.

Specific Gravity:     0.79
Hardness:    2450 Janka
Density:    63 pcf
Tangential Movement:    4%
Radial Movement:    2%
Volumetric Shrinkage:   6%
Durability:    Excellent