Bookmatched Exhibition Xylay Lace Knife Scales

Xylay Lace, Afzelia xylocarpa, grows in South East Asia in a narrow band in deciduous forests. It can reach 90' tall with a trunk up to 5' in diameter in a mature specimen. The wood color is an orange/red.  The wood is moderately dense for an exotic yet works and finishes well.  It is an open grain wood so a sanding sealer works well for sealing the pours prior to finishing.  Seeds of the tree are harvested for local herbal medicinal purposes. The highly-figured lumber is often sold as Afzelia Xylay. The wood is used for ornamental woodturning, pens, knife handles, carvings, and musical instruments. Dry and ready to use.
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