But the story doesn’t start there. Bloodwood was also a favorite among indigenous tribes for crafting bows and other tools. The wood’s robust properties made it a reliable choice for tasks that demanded strength and resilience. Fast forward to today, and Bloodwood continues to leave its mark as a choice material for dice goblins and is one of our top 3 favorite woods.
Bloodwood usually grows in sandy ground in the upland rain forest and is a member of the Brosimium Sp. Among which there are many species. Those of note are B. Paraense, and B. Rubescens which produce the beautiful Bloodwood and Satine woods we use to make our dice. B. Guianese, produces that oh so beautifully rare and fickle Snakewood, where as B. Alicastrum AKA the Bread or Maya Nut, is known for it’s fruit that was staple of the Mayan diet. All Brosimium Sp. are tall trees, growing to heights of 120 feet or more and has a straight, cylindrical trunk that’s mostly clear for 75 feet or more with an average diameter of 35 inch. The smooth barked trunk sometimes exudes a whitish latex. They have broad based elliptic leaves and a fruit that resembles a fig.