Ceylon Satinwood
Chloroxylon swietenia

Distribution: Central and southern India, and Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon)
Difficult to work, and with a tendency to blunt tools, Ceylon Satinwood is nonetheless prized among woodworkers. Mostly found as a veneer due to rarity, its used in fine furniture, inlay and small pieces. The original satinwood, it offers a combination of hardness, density, smooth texture, figure and attractive coloring that can be found nowhere else.

Ceylon Satinwood is classified vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. For more information, see our page on Wood Sourcing Ethics.