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SATINWOOD

botanical name unknown

There are at least 38 species from 25 genera that have the word satinwood as all or part of one or more of their common names. There are numerous woods that have "satinwood" as all or part of one or more of their common names but should not AND "satinwood" is a name that has some marketing appeal so not surprisingly it is often applied to woods that have nothing to do with satinwood, so you should be wary of any wood called "satinwood".

I consider "true" satinwood to be limited to Chloroxylon swietenia (Ceylon satinwood or East Indian satinwood) and Zanthoxylum flavum (West Indies satinwood, Jamaican satinwood) and it is my INTENT that only those woods apprear on this page, but I have included many pieces that were listed simply as "satinwood" and I certainly don't guarantee that they really are.

Most of the woods that are listed as "satinwood" have other, more approrpiate common names under which they are listed on this site and these, along with ALL of the woods in my database that include the name satinwood, are discussed in this here: satinwood names

My thanks to Robert Wessling for alerting me to the fact that I had MANY pics on this page that should have been on other, more appropriate, pages on this site. I have made numerous corrections thanks to his alerting me to my mistakes, mostly by moving images off to the pyinma and movingui pages where they really belonged.



my samples:


both sides of a perfectly quartersawn sample plank of Ceylon (incorrectly stated as "Celon") satinwood / Choloroxylon swietnia --- HUGE enlargements are present


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of Ceylon satinwood / Choloroxylon swietnia (incorrectly stated as "Celon") --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of Ceylon (incorrectly stated as "Celon") satinwood / Choloroxylon swietnia --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. The wood is a bit lighter than is shown in these pics (I had the ISO setting wrong except on the end grain update)


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


East Indian satinwood veneer sheet and closeup --- the color on the distance pic is accurate but the closeup is just a little too gold


This sheet of Ceylon satinwood veneer was loaned to me by John Koehn whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.



web pics:




just listed as satinwood with no indication of species --- shows a wet section and a dry section



planks listed as satinwood with no indication of species


plankslisted as satinwood / Chloroxylon swietenia


plank and closeup listed as satinwood / Chloroxylon swietenia


plank and closeup listed as satinwood / Chloroxylon swietenia


plank and closeup listed as satinwood / Chloroxylon swietenia


planks and closeup listed as satinwood / Chloroxylon swietenia


planks listed as satinwood / Chloroxylon swietenia


all listed as satinwood veneer with no indication of species


Ceylon satinwood planks and turning stock


figured Ceylon satinwood


figured Ceylon satinwood veneer


Ceylon satinwood veneer


veneer listed as satinwood / Choloroxylon swietenia


listed as bee's wing Ceylon satinwood veneer, but I think the bee's wing designation is just some vendors hype --- some of the undesignated figures in the pics of veneer directly above have a much stronger figure than this piece.


veneer listed as East Indian / Chloroxylon swietenia (which is the same as Ceylon satinwood). These four sheets are flat cut, flat cut figured, quartersawn, and quartersawn figured


Indian satinwood


Indian satinwood veneer


Indian satinwood quartersawn figured veneer


crotch veneer with no statement on what variety of satinwood it is


pink satinwood


pomelle statinwood


face and edge of a satinwood burl slab that has been moistened for the pics


knife handle scales




these are from the BogusColorVendor, so the colors are highly suspect



both sides of a plank and a closeup