According to Kestrelcreek Wood Identification, Snake Wood is the
rarest wood in the world. Pink Ivory and Brazilian Rosewood are also
mentioned as being very rare.
?Piratinera guianensis also called Letterwood.
Reddish brown with irregular black speckles or stripes.
Very hard & heavy, fine texture and takes a superior shine.
Extremely rare (it has been said that this is the rarest wood in the
world). It certainly is one of the most expensive. Surinam?
?(Birchemia zeyheri) Bright pink to watermelon red. Hard & heavy, very
fine texture and takes a beautiful polish. One of the rarest woods in
the world. Turnery, inlays, fancy woodwork, knife handles & writing
instruments. Extremely expensive E. & S. Africa?
?Dalbergia nigra) A beautiful light to dark reddish brown. Very hard
and heavy. Difficult to turn on a lathe without carbide turning tools.
Takes a very beautiful polish. This wood was over harvested and is no
longer being exported from Brazil. The only quality wood that is
available in the U.S. is recycled from finished furniture. Extremely
expensive It is very rare to find any Brazilian Rosewood that has not
Kestrelcreek: Wood Identification and Properties
PIRATINERA GUIANENSIS - SNAKEWOOD.
Synonym: Brosimum guianensis.
Family: Moraceae (Mulberry family).
"Common name: serpent wood, pirantinier, cacique carey, bois de
lettres, snakewood, letterhout, letterwood, sneki udu, leopardwood,
schlangenholz, bois serpent, gateado, palo de oro, amourette wood,
Bois d' amourette, Muira penima, Tibicusi, speckled wood."
?Extremely rare; a small unbuttressed tree (up to 70' high), with
diameters from 3" - 20'.
A rare, exotic, tropical hardwood from the Guianas with a
Tropical Timbers of the World, USDA Forest Service Ag. Handbook No. 607.
?Snakewood (Piratinera Guianensis) is the other main wood used for
bows, particularly earlier period bows. It is difficult to obtain and
is ferociously expensive but it does make a wonderful bow.?
David Van Edwards
Botanical name Berchemia zeyheri
?A very special wood for small decorative items.
Shocking pink to deep pink, very hard and heavy with a fine even grain.
Quite scarce as a timber and quite singular as a wood.?
?Pink Ivory (Berchemia zeyheri), also called Red Ivory, umNini or
umGoloty, is a very rare African wood used to make luxury products
(for example billiard queues and knives). The Pink Ivory tree grows
predominantly in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa. The wood is
extremely hard and has a density of 990 g/dm≥ ?
Pink ivory ? the rarest wood in the world, according to Linc?s literature
?In 1992, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species
(CITES) added Dalbergia Nigra, commonly known as Brazilian Rosewood,
to its list under Appendix I. Appendix I is intended to halt all
international trade in logs, veneer, lumber, finished products and
other derivatives of the world's rarest wood species. As a result of
its inclusion in Appendix I, Brazilian Rosewood is rarely seen in the
woodworking trade today. This is indeed disappointing, because
Brazilian Rosewood possesses striking color and grain pattern and has
for centuries been regarded as one of the most treasured and desirable
COMMON NAMES: Brazilian rosewood, jacaranda, Bahia rosewood, Rio rosewood
One of the most prized furniture and tone woods of all time, Brazilian
rosewood is now rare and tightly controlled on the world market.?
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