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Desert Ironwood  (Arizona & Mexico)
(olneya tesota)

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 cut.


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Desert Ironwood pen blank 3/4
Price: $6.50

Desert Ironwood 5/8 x 1.75 x 4 with good contrast 
A grade
Price: $12.50

Click the photo above for another view. Actual pieces shown, order by number below.
Grade A and air dried completely.
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gives you a notice when you have a Qty of 1, it is already sold.
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Desert Ironwood
1.5 x 1.5 x 6 inches
Piece 709

Price: $27.50

Desert Ironwood
1.5 x 1.5 x 6 inches
Piece 713

Price: $28.50

Desert Ironwood
1.5 x 1.5 x 6 inches
Piece 719

Price: $24.50

Desert Ironwood
1.5 x 1.5 x 6 inches
Piece 722

Price: $29.50

Desert Ironwood
1.5 x 1.5 x 6 inches
Piece 725

Price: $26.50

Click the photo above for another view. Actual piece shown ,air dried completely. This piece has some burl as well as some very small bark inclusions in the burl (round black areas on one side). Defects are very slight. Excellent color and large for having all the figure it does. Dried in our shop over 6 years.

Desert Ironwood
2 5/8 x 2 5/8 x 9 inches
Piece difigA

Price: sold

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