Griffin Exotic Wood

Lignum Vitae
(Guaiacum officinale)
This is genuine lignum vitae, not a substitute!

Note: This is genuine Lignum Vitae. Note:  Some suppliers are now saying they are selling "lignum vitae" when they are actually selling "Argentine lignum vitae" or even Verawood.  Ask for the botanical name of the wood.  Argentine lignum vitae (bulnesia sarmientoi) and Verawood (bulnesia arborea) are not lignum vitae and are not the same as lignum vitae.  Genuine lignum vitae is now nearly impossible to get, but we keep finding small amounts that were imported before the current import ban, or under a strictly controlled permit process.  What we sell is accurately named.  All real  lignum vitae has a botanical name that starts with "Guaiacum".
If you are looking for Argentine lignum,click here.

New grading system for lignum vitae:

AA grade :  The grain is fairly straight, no sapwood or checks in the piece.   Sometimes called "Bearing grade"
A grade: The grain may have some movement, most or all sapwood gone when turned round, no checks. Could have tiny bark inclusions or really tiny knots (minimal)  (Bowl blanks have a small amount of sapwood on one or two edges and can be turned off or left on for effect.)
Figured: Like A grade but has figure in it. No defects, may or may not have sapwood.
B grade: A good piece, and the sapwood varies from 15-40%.  No cracks, possible small tight knot and possible small hairline check. Excellent Value, and offers a contrasty look. Requests for high sapwood will be allowed, (not for low sapwood).
C grade:  The piece has some deep checks and would reguire some superglue to fix them, if you can't cut around them.  Even if you have to cut these to smaller sizes, they are still very inexpensive.  Priced to move.

The pieces below have been color coded to easily see the grade:

unless specified otherwise.


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Lignum Vitae pen blank, A grade
Price: $2.50

Lignum Vitae pen blank, AA grade
Price: $3.50

Lignum Vitae pen blank, mixed sapwood and heartwood for exciting contrast!
Price: $2.50

Lignum Vitae 1 x 1 x 12 inches AA grade
Price: $15.50

Photo of the actual pieces for sale, angled to show more sapwood then heartwood. On average there is more n heartwood then sapwood in these. 20% sapwood is about the minimum, with some at 50% but most fall in the middle around 30-35% sapwood.
Lignum Vitae 1 x 1 x 12 inches B grade
Price: $6.50

Photo of the actual pieces for sale. These all have some kind of twist and or bend in them. Not like a pretzel or anything but it is noticeable. Usually with these I cut them into two 6 inch pieces and then I usually get somewhere between 7/8 and 1 inch square when I straighten them out (rarely it is 3/4 inch square). Other then the bend, they don't have noticeable flaws in 90% of the pieces. Maybe 10% have a very tiny check, but only very slight and short tiny checks would be permitted. For the most part they have no issues other then shape.
Lignum Vitae 1 x 1 x 12 inches with BEND or TWIST
Price: $3.50

Lignum vitae (genuine) 1.5 x 1.5 x 6 inches with contrasting sapwood
B grade
Price: $7.00

Lignum Vitae AA grade
1.5 x 1.5 x 6 inches

Price: $17.00

Not legal for export from USA! (all sizes)

Bowl Blanks:

Lignum Vitae 2 x 5 x 5 A grade
Price: $41.50

typical sample pieces shown.  A grade has just a little sapwood on edges as well as possible pith/knot of small size.

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