Wood Atlas - Xylarium
Kingwood (Dalbergia cearensis) is a particularly beautiful species of rosewood (Dalbergia). It comes from Brazil, mainly from the regions of Bahia, Ceará, Paraíba, and Pernambuco. It has a dark purplish color with light brown streaks. It is hard, dense, and is great for working and features a lovely scent. It does not like high temperature during processing (such as those produced by grinding) and it will respond with immediate darkening. It is a classic furniture wood, but is also used in musical instruments or other turning work.