|Pink Ivory |
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DESCRIPTION: A sacred wood of Zulu chiefs in Southern Africa. Has long been treasured as a rare wood; at one time, it was said to be rarer than diamonds. The heartwood ranges in color from a faint, light pink to a vibrant, almost red. The sapwood is yellowish. Has a very fine grain & takes as a high polish. Fantastic ornamental turning wood also. Very hard & heavy, with the ability to take very fine details.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: The wood grows in various parts of Africa; found predominantly in South Africa, Zimbabwe & Mozambique.
BOTANICAL NAME: Berchemia Zeyheri
USES: Is especially favored by wood carvers & turners, and is typically used to make smaller-sized items such as bowls, pool cue butts, chess pieces, golf putters, knife handles, and game calls; it is also popular for inlay & marquetry work. It carves & turns well, although sharp tools are essential. The wood also polishes nicely.
JANKA HARDNESS: 995