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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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This is a sample of what you'll get. These are good grade pen blanks without cracks/checks or holes.

Desert Ironwood pen blank 3/4
Price: $3.50 (was 6.50)

Desert Ironwood pen blank 3/4

Price: $2.90

This is a sample of what you'll get. These are contrasty pen blanks with grain movement and/or bold lines, a little figure etc. Note that you'll see these advertised around the internet as figured . We only call things figured when they are blow your socks off figured. Real figured ironwood is quite rare, we'll put it here when /if we get any that meets our standard of figured.

Desert Ironwood CONTRASTY 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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Desert Ironwood
1.5 x 1.5 x 6 inches
Piece 643

Price: $27.50

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International callers and all Questions: (USA country code)+970+241+2827

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