Color/Appearance:Aptly named, in some instances freshly surfaced Redheart can be a very bright, watermelon red—though color can vary in intensity and hue from board to board: anywhere from a light orange/pink, (similar toPink Ivory), to a darker brownish red. In some cases, it can look quite similar toBloodwood, though usually with a more visible and figured grain pattern. Redheart’s vibrant color quickly fades to a reddish brown in direct sunlight, though this color change can be slowed (but usually not stopped entirely) by using a finish with UV inhibitors, and keeping the wood away from strong lighting.
Grain/Texture:Grain is usually straight or irregular, with a fine, even texture. Low to medium natural luster.
Endgrain:Diffuse-porous; small to very small pores arranged predominantly in radial multiples of 2-5; growth rings indistinct; rays not visible without lens; parenchyma varies by species: sometimes rare or absent, or vasicentric and weakly aliform (winged).
Rot Resistance:Laboratory tests have shown Redheart to be moderately durable to attack by decay fungi.
Workability:Redheart has good working characteristics, and planes, machines, and sands well. Turns, glues, and finishes well, though a brown color shift is to be expected.
Odor:Redheart can have a distinct, rubber-like smell when being worked depending on species.