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Pau Ferro (Machaerium villosum or schleroxylon) originates from Bolivia and Brazil and is pretty close in structure and appearance to rosewood, to which it represents a fine alternative.

The tree grows to a height of 30mt with a 1.5mt diameter. Weight is very high though, reaching even 880kg/mt3.
Also known as Bolivian rosewood, Pau ferro has become very popular among manufacturers and luthiers during the last decade.

Even if not a true rosewood, Pau ferro shares with this wood many characteristics, the like's of hardness, stability, and resistance to wear, and it also boasts a very nice looking essence.

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