Thursday, 31 March 2016


1. Quebracho - From the Spanish “quebrar hacha,” which literally means 
“axe breaker.” Aptly named, wood in the Schinopsis genus is among the 
heaviest and hardest in the world.
2. Lignum Vitae -Widely accepted as the hardest wood in the world–this 
wood has been listed as an endangered species and is listed in CITES.
Consider Verawood as a very close substitute.
3. Gidgee - This Australian endemic is both very heavy and very strong.
Some pieces are dark enough to be used as an ebony substitute: one that’s 
even harder than the original article.
4. Snakewood - It’s easy to see what makes Snakewood so unique–its patterns 
and markings resemble the skin of a snake. Limited supply and high demand 
make this one of the most expensive woods on eart.
5. Verawood - Sometimes called Argentine Lignum Vitae, this wood is a gem:
inexpensive, great olive-green color, beautiful feathery grain pattern, and 
it takes a great natural polish on the lathe.

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