Griffin Exotic Wood

(caeselpina echinata)

for Chakte viga--see below

This wood, also called Brazilwood is now very rare and in the near future will be unavailable, most likely for many years.  It can be used for certain musical instruments, as a dye wood, and makes an excellent turning wood capable of taking fine detail.  It finishes to a very fine gloss through sanding alone.  Do not confuse it with Chakte viga, a possibly related wood that has somewhat different properties and color.  Pernambuco sometimes looks like the picture above, but may be darker or lighter or have a few gray pastels intermixed.  Expect grey pastels in some pieces, and these look good as an accent to the orange color.      Cannot be shipped outside the USA unless you have a permit.

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Pernambuco pen blank
No Shipping outside the USA, restricted

Price: $7.00 each,
maximum of 3 per order, rare.


Click the photo to see side 2.
Real pernambuco is basically gone from the market, it is uncommon to see a piece for sale. Most of these came from log sections imported in the 1990's.

No surprises: ALL four sides of visible in photos:
Cannot be shipped outside USA. All are dry.
Click here for a THIRD side view.
Click here for FOURTH side view.
Pieces that are missing below or give an out of stock notice in the cart are SOLD
All pieces sold for now, some 1 x 1 inch squares are available, contact us
Piece H
1 3/8 x 1.5 x 9 inches

Price: Sold

caesalpina platyloba

Chakte-viga is a wood that is a close relative of pernambuco.  It grows in Central America and in Northern South America.  The wood has a very fine grain and works very much the same as pernambuco.  It tends to be an orange-yellow color (occasionally very light orange) upon cutting and then turns a deep reddish orange over time.  Its the best orange wood available and reportedly turns/works well.  Some may have black lines, most have few or none.  Economically priced for such a nice wood and is less than half the price of pernambuco.  It is allowed to be shipped internationally. Often looks lighter when fresh cut but turns orange again soon.


Also Click: for additional choices which are not fully dry

Chakte-viga Pen Blank 3/4
Price: $2.00

Click the photo to see side 2.
Chakte viga . Dried over a long time, this wood must be dried quite slowly in thicknesses over 1 inch or it will crack.

Some natural black streaks on some pieces. Slight figure on some.  Pieces not listed below are sold

Chakte Viga piece 21
1 5/8 x 1 5/8 x 7 inches

Price: sold, we have some more dried stock, email us.

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