Katalox: Swartzia cubensis

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Katalox: Swartzia cubensis

Post  texasbagpiper on Fri Nov 26, 2010 11:15 am

If your looking for a cheaper wood that's dense and dark, you should try Katalox.

This very hard, dense, heavy, Central/Latin American wood has a generally dark purple and brown heartwood that can show considerable color variation. Katalox can be quite attractive and it takes a high natural polish and sometimes has interlocked grain that can create an attractive curl in the figure. Finishing agents will turn darker pieces almost black, after which it can be difficult to distinguish from partridgewood due to the similar wenge-like, but very tight, grain pattern. Katalox is ideal for an Ebony substitute in stringed instruments and is nearly as dense as Ebony.
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Post  Art on Fri Nov 26, 2010 11:21 am

Is Katalox a naturally oily wood?

Where have you been buying it?
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Post  texasbagpiper on Fri Nov 26, 2010 11:34 am

Art wrote:Is Katalox a naturally oily wood?

Where have you been buying it?

Its not too oily. I'm making a set of pipes now from wood I bought from these guys below. Its great stuff, and its promoted as an ebony alternative.

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