Tends to be difficult to work on account of its high density. Marblewood can have a moderate to severe blunting effect on tool cutters. Glues, turns, and finishes well—though there is a high risk of checking and resin exudation during drying. Moderate blunting of tools turns well but a sharp edge is recommended.
|Texture is medium with open pores.
|Grain tends to be straight or slightly interlocked.
|There have been no known adverse health effects associated with Marblewood.
|Heartwood is yellow to golden brown, with irregular brown, purple, or black streaks. Paler sapwood is about one inch thick and is solid yellow, lacking the contrasting streaks found in the heartwood.