Santalum album
Hawaii, India, Pacific islands


Small logs currently available $ 12.80 per/lbs

Limited Quantity - Limited stock - call





Assumed, Wood Working Properties & Specifications


Santalum album


Family: Santalaceae

Other Common Names: None.

Distribution: Native to the southern regions of India, growing best on dry, stony, but fertile soils. Other species widely scattered from the Malay Archipelago to the Pacific islands including Hawaii.

The Tree: A small tree up to about 25 to 40 ft in height, with trunk diameters usually 4 to 6 in.

The Wood:

General Characteristics: Heartwood light yellowish brown when freshly cut, turning dark brown on exposure, and with further aging, to a dark reddish brown; sapwood whitish. Texture very fine and even; grain straight, sometimes wavy; dull to somewhat lustrous, with oily feel; heartwood with a strong fragrant scent that persists, without characteristic taste.

Weight: Basic specific gravity (ovendry weight/green volume) 0.75; air-dry density 58 pcf.

Mechanical Properties: (2-in. standard)

Moisture content Bending strength Modulus of elasticity Maximum crushing strength

(%) (Psi) (1,000 psi) (Psi)

Green (28) 12,300 NA 5,300

14% 15,600 NA 7,500

Janka side hardness 1,520 lb for green material and 1,680 lb for dry.

Drying and Shrinkage: Seasons with little or no degrade, but slowly. No information available on kiln schedules or shrinkage values.

Working Properties: Saws without difficulty and works to a smooth, satin-like finish; an excellent carving wood, turns well.

Durability: The heartwood is rated as extremely durable.

Preservation: Sapwood is reported as treatable using the boric acid diffusion process.

Uses: Fine furniture, carvings, turnery, specialty items. Oils extracted from the heartwood are in high demand for incense, perfumery, medicines, scenting clothing, etc.






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