Jatoba (aka Brazilian Cherry) heartwood varies from a light orange-ish brown to a darker reddish brown, sometimes with contrasting darker grayish brown streaks. Color tends darken upon exposure to light. Jatoba is considered difficult to work with on account of its density and hardness, and has a moderate blunting effect on tool cutters. Jatoba also tends to be difficult to plane without tear-out due to its interlocking grain. However, Jatoba glues, stains, turns, and finishes well, and responds well to steam-bending. Common uses include flooring, furniture, cabinetry, tool handles, shipbuilding, railroad ties, turned objects, and other small specialty items. Pen Blank approx. 5/8" - 3/4" square x 5" - 6" long.