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NOTE: there is rarely any "standard" or "typical" look for a wood so take what's in this table with a grain of salt
the REST of the pictures on this page will give you a better overall feel for this wood

prima vera / Roseodendron donnell-smithii
(syn.s Cybistax donnell-smithii and Tabebuia donnell-smithii)

5" x 5" flat cut, 5" x 5" quartersawn, 3/4" wide end grain, and a 1/4" x 1/4" end grain closeup.

end grain characteristics vary considerably from piece to piece but in general, it is is diffuse porous with medium sized pores (pore distribution varies) and often there are bands with no pores. There are occasional pore multiples, rays are obvious at 10X, growth ring boundaries are distinct, grain is often interlocked. Surfaces are grainy.



my samples:


both sides of a sample plank of prima vera / Tabebuia donnell-smithii --- HUGE enlargements are present. Tabebuia donnell-smithii is a synonym for Roseodendron donnell-smithii.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of prima vera / Roseodendron donnell-smithii --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by Mark Peet 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 prima vera / Roseodendron donnell-smithii --- HUGE enlargements are present. This was cut from one of the larger planks shown somewhere on this page (I've lost track of which one)


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


a couple of small planks and a closeup (after sanding, the patina and some grime came off --- see below)


a couple of small planks and a closeup (after sanding, the patina and some grime came off --- see below)


cut sections from the same set of planks as those above this set. The planks as shown originally had a layer of grime and some patina and the pics directly above are of freshly sanded pieces. The first and last pic each have slightly too much yellow. The wood is quite white and the true color is more accurately represented by the 3rd pic.


end grain closeups of two of the small planks shown above. The slightly greenish color is NOT correct ... it should be a pale yellow


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


small plank and end grain


end grain closeup of the piece directly above --- fairly fine-sanded but I did not get off the deep vertical sanding marks from the first coarse sanding.


both sides of a plank --- colors are very accurate --- the dark discoloration is blue stain.


planks and end grain --- this was cut from the larger piece above to show the blue stain up close


end grain closeup of the two pieces directly above --- the blue stain shows on the left of both pieces


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


side grain of the same two pieces --- the blue stain shows up very nicely on the upper piece and is completely absent from this face of the lower piece


planks --- this pic adds a slight red tint that is not present in the wood


planks --- the pic on the left has a red tint that it should not have; the pic on the right is very accurate in color


veneer


long veneer piece and a closeup of same; the yellow color in the distance pic is not correct --- the closeup has the correct color


two veneer pieces from the same long sheet (not the same as the one above, but the same as each other). The section that the first piece is from had some mottle and a slight curl and reflected the flashbulb in a way that makes the wood look more shiny than it really is. The surface texture of the first piece is identical to the second piece, it's just that the first piece has, as I said, some mottle and curl, and neither one is really shiny the way they show up here.


veneer sheet and closeup --- colors are accurate and so is the sheen


veneer --- yellowish color is accurate


veneer --- tan color is accurate


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

web pics:


planks


a thick plank listed as "variagated"


turning stock


guitar set


figured planks




scales with mild curl


fiddleback scales


veneer --- the green color is bogus; the pics that are green are all from a vendor who somehow makes most woods look green regardless of their actual color.


figured veneer


listed as "figured" veneer but I don't see much figure, other than the flat cut cathedral grain.


fiddleback veneer


bird's eye veneer (you have to go to the enlargement to see the figure --- bird's eye is very weak in this species


veneer all from the same vendor


veneer sheet closeups that all have both levels of enlargement


quartersawn figured veneer


crotch veneer


guitar backs