Extremely Rare Snakewood Log
Piratinera guianensis, Snakewood, is also known as Letter wood, Speckled wood, and Leopard wood. Its Latin name literally means Guiana sea pirate. ... READ MORE
Piratinera guianensis, Snakewood, is also known as Letter wood, Speckled wood, and Leopard wood. Its Latin name literally means Guiana sea pirate. 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. Expect to have 50% or less wood usable from any piece of wood available. Despite its difficultly in working, it is a beautiful 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, parasols, canes, pens, bottle stoppers, umbrella handles, pool cues, and fishing pole butts. Primarily found in Suriname. Have you ever seen whole Snakewood logs? They're hard to come by! Splits and cracks are present. This is 2007 inventory that is dry. Expect 30-45% usable yield; this is what we are able to cut from this stock. Pictures show the defects on faces and ends. If you can't work around checks this is not the wood for you! We have found that you can cut these open and the wood has not checked like fresh logs will do. The checking has occurred and has not gotten any worse. Priced according to figure and defects. Please note that the diameter measurement was measured in the middle of the log. 56 lbs.
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