Thursday, March 14, 2013

Desert Ironwood (Olneya Tesota)

Status: Secure and available.

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Found in desert SW US and Mexico, these members of the
Faboideae family (Olneya) can grow to 30 feet in height and 1-2 feet in diameter. .

Color is orangish yellow to reds and darker browns with violet to black streaks. Sapwood is pale. Wood displays a chatoyance that allows for great depths and coppery flashes.

Fine texture, machines well and turns well but will dull tools quickly. take a wonderful luster with polish.  Specific Gravity: .97-1.21. Avg. Dry Weight:  75 pounds per cubic foot.

Used to make: knife handles, carvings and turnings.
Desert Ironwood Burl

Desert Ironwood

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