the REST of the pictures on this page will give you a better overall feel for this wood
bulletwood (aka massaranduba) / Manilkara spp. of the family Sapotaceae
see the table below for specific species names
3" x 3" flat cut, 3" x 3" quartersawn, 1" wide end grain, and a 1/4" x 1/4" end grain closeup.
Diffuse porous, medium sized pores, often in radial multiples, heavy diffuse-in-aggregates parenchyma plus vasicentric parenchyma and with closely spaced rays barely visible at 10X
See also sapodilla, which is a closely related wood.
This is a very hard, heavy, strong wood with some oiliness and can be worked to a smooth finish.
All of my samples on this page were sold to me as massaranduba which is another common name for this wood.
This wood acquires a patina that makes it appear to be a darker, but richer, red than it is when fresh. The wood, as you will see from the more detailed pics is a deep rich pink when first exposed.
Janka hardness 3130 to 3190 (compare to hard maple 1450, white oak 1350)
|Sapodilla and bulletwood share several common names in the genus Manilkara. The only distinguishing features that I can find are:
(1) sapodilla often has smaller pores and longer radial pore strands
(2) some sapodilla has a distinct orange/tan color that you don't see in bulletwood
(3) some bulletwood has banded parenchyma that is almost invisible at 10X whereas in sapodilla it is almost always quite visible at 10X
(4) bulletwood generally tends to be darker in color
NOTE: these pics were all taken in very bright incandescent lighting ("soft white" at 2700K)
colors will vary under other lighting conditions