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post #21 of 37 Old 02-07-2012, 07:19 AM
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We have an ironwood here in Arizona that's far harder than ipe. You can buy carvings of it in the Mexican border towns. I brought home a donkey carved from it and out of curiosity, filled the kitchen sink and dropped it in. It sank like a stone. It's almost black and the annular rings are almost impossible to see. I read that the trees can live a thousand years. I'll look around tomorrow and see if I have any in my shop. I've tried carving it but the only way I could cut it was with the table saw or a Dremel. Warning: When you carve it, it smells like Satan's socks.

I just Googled Arizona desert ironwood. There's plenty there about it. They say it's one of the hardest woods in the world.
I believe you are speaking of Olneya tesota. https://www.gilmerwood.com/items_new...esert+Ironwood
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Hi Logger,

I have enclosed locations for Sloanea jamaicensis in Google Earth. The locations are based on information contained in two articles by Kelly:

http://scholar.google.com/scholar?as...s_sdts=5&hl=en

Here's a picture of the wood from the closest cousin to S. jamaicensis:

http://www.ibama.gov.br/lpf/madeira/...cteristica=244



Thanks, Bwood. I have tried Rex once before on this matter but I could try again.




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I believe you are speaking of Olneya tesota. https://www.gilmerwood.com/items_new...esert+Ironwood
That's the stuff. Holy cow, look at the prices! I can collect all kinds of it around here. Am I about to get rich?
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..... Warning: When you carve it, it smells like Satan's socks.

LOL !!!!!! That's a keeper !!
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Ironwood is a colloquial expression of any species of tree that is exceptionally hard and dense.

There's a wiki list of species carrying that moniker.
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That's the stuff. Holy cow, look at the prices! I can collect all kinds of it around here. Am I about to get rich?
You in Arizona? Lots of desert ironwood west & south of Tucson. Good stuff. I use it sometimes. Never understood the prices, though. Not exactly a rarity.
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Lignum vitae?
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I was going to suggest Arizona "ironwood" as an alternative but it looks like SawdustDave already did that. It's good stuff but will really work your tools.
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Lignum vitae?
That's a real pleasure to work with. It's very oily and it turns beautifully. I love the smell of it, a little like turpintine.
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Lignum is the nuts. It & vera have a grain pattern like nothing else, and will turn forest green if exposed to sunlight for a period. Only drawback is that it's never really dry.
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Dave it may be Texas Ebony.


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Oops. Didn't see this second page. Belay last.


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saw an ad today for Brazilian walnut (Ipe) flooring, unfinished. Now that's an oxymoron! Not much will stick to that stuff.
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I have some Jamacian cocus. If that is what you guys are talking about. Black and very hard.
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I have some Jamacian cocus. If that is what you guys are talking about. Black and very hard.
Jamaican cocus = Brya ebenus

https://www.gilmerwood.com/search_re...ords=cocuswood

http://www.kew.org/science-conservat...rld/genus/brya

Cuba is the center of genetic diversity for the genus Brya with nearly all of the seven species.
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