For the first time in 16 years, we have in stock Southeast Asian Sindora Burl ( Sindora siamensis) . This is likely the only time that we will have this rare burl in our inventory.   These burls yield a very gnarly and highly figured grain with a wide variety of brown, golden, and tan colors.  Although difficult to turn, it is worth the effort as it shows three dimensional qualities that are highly sought after by fine artisans.  The gnarly grain makes the wood almost impossible to split which is an excellent attribute for pen turners needing to drill and glue small, thin pieces.  Some of the blanks in this special have an exceptionally high amount of burl eyes per square inch, making it an exceptional choice for fine articles such as knife handles.  All blanks have dried for 2 or more years; most are dry but expect some residual moisture in the larger pieces.  This is all the stock that we have and when it is sold out it is gone, so shop quickly for the best selection.

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Bolivian Rosewood (Macherium scleroxylon) shares many characteristics of true rosewoods including its colors, working properties and density. Colors range from violet streaks to coffee browns and black. 

TIPS: HOW DO I KNOW WHEN MY WOOD IS DRY? A moisture meter with variable density settings is required to know absolutely if wood is dry or not. On sensitive items like instrument sets and rifle stock blanks, we will tell you what the reading is or you can call and ask. But generally if you don't have a variable density moisture meter you can tell if it still contains moisture by whether the wood is cold to the touch (evaporating water) or is room temperature (generally dry). Another test with lumber is to tap it and listen for a warm ringing tone. If you tap it and hear a dull thud... it is not dry. Sometimes trimming the end grain will give indication if there is moisture. If you see moisture in your cut (darker color & moist to the touch), the wood is not dry. Also, the end piece that you cut off (if it is about 1/16" thick) will cup towards the dry side (the outside cut) within 5-10 minutes. If the end grain sample stays flat or 99% flat the wood is dry. This cutting method works well for short boards but is not recommended for items over 3 ft. in length. For turning blanks that don't have access to a variable density moisture meter, an inexpensive method is to put the wood on a scale when you first receive it and record the weight and the date. 30 days later check it again and record. When the wood stops losing weight, it's dry. This method also works with boards.

It is from the same tree that produces the "Brazil Nut" (Bertholletia excelsa). Up to 20,000 tons of Brazil Nuts are gathered and sold every year.  Many trees were planted in the 70's and 80's to increase production and ease of gathering the nuts; and yet wild trees produce more nuts than those that have been plantation grown. Trees grow to a height of 160 ft. and diameters of 3-6 ft.  These are some of the largest trees in the Amazon, living for 500 to 1,000 years.  Trunks are smooth with grayish bark and straight for up to half of the trees' height. The large crown towers over the sub canopy trees with long branches surrounding the other trees.