Desert Ironwood (Arizona
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
New: see bottom of page for some of our customers work using this wood . . .