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W42425

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Snakewood

W42425
$24.99
In Stock: 1
W42425 specs:
2 lbs. 8-1/4″ x 1-5/8″ x 7/16″

Primarily found in Suriname, Piratinera guianensis, Snakewood, is also known as Letter wood, Speckled wood, and Leopard wood.  Its Latin name means Guiana sea pirate.  It is considered by experts to be the World’s rarest commercially available species.  The wood is difficult to work and dry wood can still check if it is heated while sanding.  Despite its difficultly in working, it is a stunning wood that has reds and blacks in a traditional Viper pattern.  This is undoubtedly where it acquired the name Snakewood.  The tree is small, slender, and grows up to a foot in diameter and 40-60′ tall.  There is a varying amount of figure in each tree so each log can produce very different grades of lumber.  Uses include: violin bows, knive handles, canes, pens, bottle stoppers, umbrella handles, pool cues, fishing reel seats, and more!

1″ end split. Several surface checks on end face. Great for knife scales.

W42424

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Snakewood

W42424
$34.99
In Stock: 1
W42424 specs:
2 lbs. 10-1/8″ x 1-1/2″ x 3/8″

Primarily found in Suriname, Piratinera guianensis, Snakewood, is also known as Letter wood, Speckled wood, and Leopard wood.  Its Latin name means Guiana sea pirate.  It is considered by experts to be the World’s rarest commercially available species.  The wood is difficult to work and dry wood can still check if it is heated while sanding.  Despite its difficultly in working, it is a stunning wood that has reds and blacks in a traditional Viper pattern.  This is undoubtedly where it acquired the name Snakewood.  The tree is small, slender, and grows up to a foot in diameter and 40-60′ tall.  There is a varying amount of figure in each tree so each log can produce very different grades of lumber.  Uses include: violin bows, knive handles, canes, pens, bottle stoppers, umbrella handles, pool cues, fishing reel seats, and more!

Quarter sawn. Extra fancy. Great for bridge blank.

W42423

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Snakewood

W42423
$27.99
In Stock: 1
W42423 specs:
2 lbs. 13-1/4″ x 1-1/16″ down to 1″ x 3/8″

Primarily found in Suriname, Piratinera guianensis, Snakewood, is also known as Letter wood, Speckled wood, and Leopard wood.  Its Latin name means Guiana sea pirate.  It is considered by experts to be the World’s rarest commercially available species.  The wood is difficult to work and dry wood can still check if it is heated while sanding.  Despite its difficultly in working, it is a stunning wood that has reds and blacks in a traditional Viper pattern.  This is undoubtedly where it acquired the name Snakewood.  The tree is small, slender, and grows up to a foot in diameter and 40-60′ tall.  There is a varying amount of figure in each tree so each log can produce very different grades of lumber.  Uses include: violin bows, knive handles, canes, pens, bottle stoppers, umbrella handles, pool cues, fishing reel seats, and more!

Clean great figure.

W42422

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Snakewood

W42422
$45.99
In Stock: 1
W42422 specs:
2 lbs. 10-3/16″ x 1-13/16″ x 3/8″

Primarily found in Suriname, Piratinera guianensis, Snakewood, is also known as Letter wood, Speckled wood, and Leopard wood.  Its Latin name means Guiana sea pirate.  It is considered by experts to be the World’s rarest commercially available species.  The wood is difficult to work and dry wood can still check if it is heated while sanding.  Despite its difficultly in working, it is a stunning wood that has reds and blacks in a traditional Viper pattern.  This is undoubtedly where it acquired the name Snakewood.  The tree is small, slender, and grows up to a foot in diameter and 40-60′ tall.  There is a varying amount of figure in each tree so each log can produce very different grades of lumber.  Uses include: violin bows, knive handles, canes, pens, bottle stoppers, umbrella handles, pool cues, fishing reel seats, and more!

Extra fancy. No visible checks. Great for bridge blank or knife scales.

W42421

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Snakewood

W42421
$57.99
In Stock: 1
W42421 specs:
2 lbs. 4-5/16″ x 2″ x 3/8″

Primarily found in Suriname, Piratinera guianensis, Snakewood, is also known as Letter wood, Speckled wood, and Leopard wood.  Its Latin name means Guiana sea pirate.  It is considered by experts to be the World’s rarest commercially available species.  The wood is difficult to work and dry wood can still check if it is heated while sanding.  Despite its difficultly in working, it is a stunning wood that has reds and blacks in a traditional Viper pattern.  This is undoubtedly where it acquired the name Snakewood.  The tree is small, slender, and grows up to a foot in diameter and 40-60′ tall.  There is a varying amount of figure in each tree so each log can produce very different grades of lumber.  Uses include: violin bows, knive handles, canes, pens, bottle stoppers, umbrella handles, pool cues, fishing reel seats, and more!

Suitable for guitar bridge blank. 3″ check, still would have workable size.

W41333

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X.F. Ziricote

W41333
$44.99
In Stock: 1
W41333 specs:
3 lbs. 13-1/8″ x 4-3/16″ down to 3-1/4″ x 15/16″

Also known as Ciricote, this rare species is only found in a small portion of Central America on the Caribbean coast.   Beautiful spider-webbing is present with amazing  patterns.  The variegated stripes produce valleys, plateaus, & mountains that make a stunning landscape figure.  Our Ziricote is imported in log form so that we can control the conversion of the wood in our sawmill.   Trees are commonly 15-20″ in diameter with heights of 45-75′. The tree produces an edible fruit and beautiful orange yellow flowers.  The wood is prized locally and is used for carvings, furniture, and handles for knives. It turns to an extremely high glass-like polish.

Excellent grain!

W41337

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Paduak

W41337
$39.99
In Stock: 1
W41337 specs:
9 lbs. 21″ x 9-1/4″ x 13/16″

African Padauk, Pterocarpus soyauxii, is a unique open grained hardwood from Africa that has a bright Vermillion color when first cut. Over time it slowly ages to a purple Rosewood color. Huge logs are sometimes available, producing beautiful, large boards.

Kiln dried, surfaced on 2 sides. Rift sawn. Will easily fit bass or electric guitar top!

W41305

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Nigerian Ebony

W41305
$179.99
In Stock: 1
W41305 specs:
7 lbs. 43-1/16″ x 3-7/16″ x 15/16″

From equatorial West Africa, Nigerian Ebony is usually found in wet lowlands near rivers and swamps. Devoid of color, Nigerian Ebony has ink black with lighter streaks. Only a small percentage of Ebony (three to five percent) produce the highest quality jet black material. Most logs contain 50-70% sapwood with deep heart checks and voids in the heart with fall off of 80-90%. Ebony is hard and costly to produce, which makes it a rare species to obtain. It is difficult to work, glues satisfactorily, and has a tendency to want to split, but takes a really nice polish that makes it worth the work. Ebony is a treasured hardwood that was used by the Egyptian Pharaohs over 3,000 years ago. Diospyrus crassiflora.

One small 1″ x 1″ light colored spot of wood on number face. 3/16″ bow.

W41288

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Mexicant Bocote

W41288
$59.99
In Stock: 1
W41288 specs:
9 lbs. 36-1/8″ x 7″ x 7/8″

Bocote (Cordia eleagnoides) is a small tree that typically produces lumber that is 3-7′ long by 3-6″ wide by 1-2″ thick. It is logged by hand with mules in a selective cutting method in Southern Mexico that is very sustainable and responsible. Bocote is related to Ziricote and possesses some similar characteristics including black lines, density, and overall appearance. Occasionally boards will have Birdseye figure, beautiful swirling patterns, and/or good variegation. Yellows fade to brown while blacks remain. The wood is exceptional to turn, with a natural silky smooth polish that is easily attainable.

Heart check down center of board on both faces. Several end checks/splits at end. 1/8″ twist Sold as is.

W41291

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Mexican Cocobolo

W41291
$37.99
SOLD OUT
W41291 specs:
3 lbs. 17-13/16″ x 3-3/16″ down to 2-3/4″ x 15/16″

Dry ready to use. Classic Black red and orange cocobolo

W41289

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Mexican Cocobolo

W41289
$39.99
In Stock: 1
W41289 specs:
3 lbs. 23-1/4″ x 2-15/16″ x 9/16″

Cocobolo, Dalbergia retusa, grows on a thin band along the Pacific Coast of Mexico down through Central America. Our stock is selectively cut and logged by hand in Mexico, squared by chainsaw, and drug out of the forest by Mules. This is a very environmentally low impact procedure. Cocobolo is a true Rosewood, similar in color & tap tone to Brazilian Rosewood and considered to be a good substitute. It is denser than most Rosewoods and oilier. For best results in gluing, epoxy is recommended. Cocobolo has great working properties & turns to a naturally high polish. The colors range from any combination of orange, red, yellow, & black to violet. For this reason, it has also been called rainbow wood.

W41294

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Madagascar Rosewood

W41294
$79.99
In Stock: 1
W41294 specs:
6 lbs. 28-11/16″ x 5-1/8″ x 1-1/16″

Dalbergia baronii, Madagascar Rosewood, is from the island of Madagascar in Africa.  The colors and tonal properties are very similar to Brazilian rosewood (Dalbergia Nigra).  Black variegated ink lines are present in selected Madagascar Rosewood logs.  These produce the most stunning wood that is favored by luthiers.  Colors range from browns to reds with black lines.  The working properties are very similar to Brazilian Rosewood. It glues satisfactorily and takes a high polish.  Tap tone is bright with good sustain.  The supply is getting scarce for any Rosewood but particularly the Madagascar varieties. All of this wood has been in the USA for 9 years, prior to any restrictions placed on importation of Madagascar species.

Penetrating worm hole on corner edge. Nice pattern and color

W41284

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Katalox

W41284
$49.99
In Stock: 1
W41284 specs:
8 lbs. 37-7/8″ x 5″ x 9/16″

Katalox, or Mexican Royal Ebony, is a dense Central American hardwood – Swartzia cubensis. It is listed in several USDA publications as a suitable substitute for African Gabon Ebony in stringed instruments (usually fingerboards and bridges). Trees are typically 40-75′ tall with diameters of 12″ to 20″ and prefer soils that drain well; they do not grow well in areas with water saturated soil. Similar to a true Ebony, only about 20-30% of any log produces the dark heartwood.  The dark purple/black color accents well with the creamy/golden sapwood to create contrast that can be well utilized for a unique look in your projects. Every board is different and one of a kind!  The wood turns well and takes a nice finish.  Common uses are fine boxes, musical instruments, flooring, and other fine woodworking projects.

Beautiful violet and black contrast.

W41300

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Guatemalan Cocobolo

W41300
$59.99
In Stock: 1
W41300 specs:
5 lbs. 48-13/16″ x 3-1/4″ x 7/8″

Dalbergia retusa hemsl, a true Rosewood, is commercially known as Guatemalan Cocobolo and Rosul.  This is the first shipment of Guatemalan Cocobolo that we have received. Due to the rising political and internal conflict in Mexico we have decided to carry this beautiful variety of Cocobolo from the mountains of Western Guatemala.  It is nice clean stock that is kiln dried, surfaced on two sides, and ready to use. There are dark violet colors in this stock, which is very attractive.

Dark striping.

W41292

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Figured Italian Olive

W41292
$37.99
In Stock: 1
W41292 specs:
3 lbs. 18-1/2″ x 4-1/16″ x 3/4″

Oleo Europa, grown throughout many areas of Central Europe, was planted by locals, soldiers, and anyone who has enjoyed eating olives or cooking with olive oil.  Native European stock tends to produce larger boules with larger, thicker, and more stable lumber.  Ideal for high end cabinets, end tables, and fancy turned articles.  European Olive tends to have regular grain patterns (not fiddle back or burl) unlike the orchard trees in the United States.  A rare and prized species in exotic lumber. Italy.  This is the same species of olive that is sent from the “Holy land” it has just been grown elsewhere.

Beautiful flat board with nice figure. Kiln dried.