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Desert Ironwood  (Arizona & Mexico)
(olneya tesota)


Desert Ironwood grows predominantly in the deserts of Arizona and California, USA as well as Mexico.  It is one of the hardest and densest woods in the world, with a specific gravity around 1.2 or more.  The color may be like the picture above or any variation of light to very dark browns, with or without lighter areas.  Burls have high figure.  The logs are full of cracks and making a clean turning blank of any size requires removal of about 95% of the log.  This is why it is usually sold in logs rather than clean turning blanks, since the material cost for clean turning blanks averages over 20 times the cost for logs.   These trees are harvested legally from a reputable source in Arizona and now also from another reputable source in Mexico .   The pieces we sell are completely air dried unless otherwise noted on the item.

Grading system for ironwood:
A grade means that this is a completely clean turning blank with almost no cracks or checks. Tiny defects are allowed, but very uncommon.
B grade means that this is a good turning blank, but there will be some small fissures or checks. We try to glue these with cyanoacrylate glue for you.
C grade means that this is a cleaned up section of a log, but will have some cracks, gaps, and/or checks, and may be rough cut.

New: see bottom of page for some of our customers work using this wood . . .















































































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This is a sample of what you'll get. (but they look much more exciting when sanded/finished)!
These are good grade pen blanks without cracks/checks or holes.

Desert Ironwood pen blank 3/4
Price: $3.00 (was 6.50)
Qty: 

Desert Ironwood pen blank 3/4
DEAL ON 10 OR MORE!

Price: $2.40
Qty: 



This is a sample of what you'll get. These are contrasty pen blanks with grain movement and/or bold lines, a little figure etc. Note that you'll see these advertised around the internet as figured . We only call things figured when they are blow your socks off figured. Real figured ironwood is quite rare, we'll put it here when /if we get any that meets our standard of figured.

Desert Ironwood CONTRASTY pen blank 3/4
Price: $6.00
Qty: 







Click the photo above for another view. As some of you know, this stuff is super rare, and some of these pieces are a lot bigger then typically available, including the bowl blanks. Prices are quite a bit lower this time because we were able to get a burl and cut it ourselves. We can rarely get that opportunity as most suppliers won't give them up except at double this price. Pieces not shown below or that get a red out of stock notice in the shopping cart were previously sold. Pieces are believed dry, however due to the extreme density moisture meters won't work. Should be dry or extremely close to dry. NEW lower prices while this stock lasts. NOTES: Piece F is not a square but a rectangular knife blank shape.

No surprises: ALL four sides visible in photos:

Click here for a third side view.

Click here for final fourth side view.

SIZES IN INCHES:
Desert Ironwood BURL
Piece B
1.5 x 1.5 x 6.25 inches

Price: $60.00

Desert Ironwood BURL
Piece D
2 x 2 x 5 7/8 inches

Price: $116.00



10% OFF AUTOMATICALLY WHEN YOU BUY 5 OR MORE PIECES BELOW (mix/match)
Just add them to the shopping cart
The automatic discount will be shown as your price.




Desert Ironwood 1 x 1 x 12 inches
No defects, dried standard grade (some have lines, some may not)

Price: $18.00

Desert Ironwood 1 x 1 x 12 inches
No defects, dried extra CONTRASTY lines

Price: $26.50









Click the photo above for another view. Actual pieces shown, order by number below.
Dried completely. Pieces not shown below or that get a red out of stock notice in the shopping cart were previously sold. All pieces are 1.5 x 1.5 x 6 inches. NEW lower prices while current stock lasts!

No surprises: ALL four sides visible in photos:

Click here for a third side view.

Click here for final fourth side view.

SIZES IN INCHES:
Desert Ironwood
Piece 126
1.5 x 1.5 x 6 inches

A grade
Price: $20.00








Click the photo above for another view. Actual pieces shown, order by number below.
Dried completely. Pieces not shown below or that get a red out of stock notice in the shopping cart were previously sold.

No surprises: ALL four sides visible in photos:

Click here for a third side view.

Click here for final fourth side view.

SIZES IN INCHES:

Desert Ironwood
Piece 200
1.5 x 1.5 x 12 inches

A grade
Price: $38.00

Desert Ironwood
Piece 202
1.5 x 1.5 x 12 inches

A grade
Price: $38.00

Desert Ironwood
Piece 204
1.5 x 1.5 x 12 inches

A grade
Price: $38.00

Desert Ironwood
Piece 208
1.5 x 1.5 x 12 inches

A grade
Price: $39.00

Desert Ironwood
Piece 209
1.5 x 1.5 x 12 inches

A grade
Price: $44.00

Desert Ironwood
Piece 211
1.5 x 1.5 x 12 inches

A grade
Price: $34.00

Desert Ironwood
Piece 213
1.5 x 1.5 x 12 inches

A grade
Price: $43.00

Desert Ironwood
Piece 214
1.5 x 1.5 x 12 inches

A grade
Price: $38.00


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