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Snakewood Lumber

exotic wood- BloodwoodGiven Snakewood lumber's extreme difficulty to acquire it is rarely used for anything other then small craft work, particularly for knife handles. snakewood has a very tight exotic figure that works wonderfully on the small surface area of a knife handle.

The Tree:
Snakewood is a truly exotic species, and probably one of the most difficult species to find. It grows irratically in South America Typically, it is a very small tree, and only show the wonderful figure in a small quantity of the wood, and then rarely evenly spread across the entire face of the board.

Wood Description:

The jagged black blotches do resemble the skin of a snake, thus getting its name. The background wood is quite orange, with a very tight grain, and a moderate amount of black, irregularly shaped "leopard" spots.


The tight grain of the wood makes finishing relatively easy with traditional lacquers, although I have known some knife makers that have stabilized this wood in a small vacuum chamber to prevent minor absorption of body oils from constant usage... this tends to extend the life of the finish.

Cuts and turns like a hard maple, with a clean fine texture. Snakewood lumber needs industrial sandpaper, and a bit of patience to work up the grits if you wish to get that really silky finish...



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 Jan 2007