Desert Ironwood grows predominantly
in the deserts of Arizona and California, USA as well as Mexico.
It is one of the hardest and densest woods in the world, with a specific
gravity around 1.2 or more. The color may be like the picture above
or any variation of light to very dark browns, with or without lighter
areas. Burls have high figure. The logs are full of cracks
and making a clean turning blank of any size requires removal of about
95% of the log. This is why it is usually sold in logs rather than
clean turning blanks, since the material cost for clean turning blanks
averages over 20 times the cost for logs. These trees are harvested
legally from a reputable source in Arizona and now also from another reputable
source in Mexico . The pieces we sell are completely air dried unless otherwise noted on the item. Grading system for ironwood: A grade means
that this is a completely clean turning blank with almost no cracks or
checks. Tiny defects are allowed, but very uncommon. B grade means
that this is a good turning blank, but there will be some small fissures
or checks. We try to glue these with cyanoacrylate glue for you. C grade means that this is a cleaned up section
of a log, but will have some cracks, gaps, and/or checks, and may be rough
A truly rare wood from the Arizona desert
In stock occasionally. Color is a very deep purple, almost black.
Click the photo above for another view. Actual pieces shown, order by number below. Grade A and air dried completely. If your selection is not listed below or the shopping cart gives you a notice when you have a Qty of 1, it is already sold. Refresh this page when you get here, that way you can see if any pieces have already been sold and removed below.
Click the links below for other views of all four sides. Actual pieces shown, order by number below. Grade A and air dried completely. If your selection is not listed below or the shopping cart gives you a notice when you have a Qty of 1, it is already sold. Refresh this page when you get here, that way you can see if any pieces have already been sold and removed below. ALL PIECES ARE 1.5 X 1.5 X 6 INCHES. The first two pieces are real burl (many fake claims of burl out there, especially on Ebay). The second two pieces are figured. We define ironwood burl as something that doesn't just have figure but actual burl eyes. It is true that a wood can be burl without eyes, but those we just call figured. Side 2 Side 3 Side 4
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