|Vera/Argentine Lignum Vitae |
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DESCRIPTION: 2nd densest hardwood in the World. Also called Palo Santo, which means "holy wood" in Spanish. Heartwood color can range from a pale yellowish olive, to a deeper forest green or dark brown to almost black. Grain has a unique feathered pattern when viewed up close. The color tends to darken with age, especially upon exposure to light. Most pieces appear green in color & changes to a beautiful blue green hue when aged for a short period of time after working. The wood turns to an absolute color reflective finish that is incredibly smooth.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Native to South America; Argentina, Bolivia & Paraguay.
BOTANICAL NAME: Bulnesia sarmientoi
WORKING PROPERTIES: An exceptional wood for turning on the lathe & finishes well. Can be polished to a fine luster due to its high natural oil content. The grain tends to be interlocked & tight. Very durable for outdoor use & resistant to insect attack. Has a distinct, perfume-like fragrance that lingers even after it has been machined.
USES: Great for use as bearings, pulleys & other mechanical applications. This wood is highly fragrant; in fact, its oil of Guaiac (or guayacol) is used as an ingredient in perfumes. This oil is also appreciated for skin healing attributes & the healing of stomach problems.
JANKA HARDNESS: 4000