Griffin Exotic Wood

Miscellaneous wood types

This is where we put the type of wood that we just don't have much of, usually they are great stuff. These woods are just too uncommon, or just too hard to get to offer on a regular basis.

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Click photo for side two. This is something we've never had before. I like to call it 'Koala burl'. It is the burl from the Eucalyptus robusta tree (Eucalyptus robusta). This is the tree that koala bears sit in and eat the leaves, almost a complete food source for them. Eucalyptus robusta rarely have good burls, so these are uncommon. The burls mostly have two colors, pink and greenish grey tan. The pink sometimes looks more red after a little light exposure. These are freshly cut (But DRY) so they are mostly pink. The burl has various tight bark inclusions and we have really soaked these down with superglue to get it in there as much as possible to make the piece nicer to use for you. Hardness is something like soft maple from the Northwest and is really easy to sand. Unique, and we don't have much.

Note: this is not the same kind of wood sold as eucalyptus burl from Australia, though the tree does grow there. (Our tree grew in Hawaii) The Australian burl usually sold as eucalyptus burl is a totally different wood in appearance and texture. We have never seen blanks of Eucalyptus robusta burl on the market before this offering below. In the 1790's it was wrongly thought to be a type of Mahogany, thus the "swamp mahogany" name from the past.

No surprises: ALL four sides visible in photos:

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Koala Burl
(Eucalyptus robusta)
Piece 5
2 x 2 x 8.25 inches

Price: $45.50

Koala Burl
(Eucalyptus robusta)
Piece 10
1 7/16 x 1 7/16 x 4 1/8 inches

Price: $11.00

Koala Burl
(Eucalyptus robusta)
Piece 12
2.25 x 5 x 5 inches

Price: $73.50

All sides similar to the above shown. This is something we've never had before. Salt water bog oak. Most bog oak is from freshwater bogs. This material is pretty old, with dates between 3700 and 5400 years. Nice dark pieces. Some have a few salt crystals in them, some don't. You can leave them in, or flick them right out with a pin if you don't want them showing. Generally, the darker the wood, the older it is. NOTE: Certs now available, request in shopping cart.

Saltwater Bog Oak Pen blank
3/4 x 3/4 x 5.25 inches
Random selection (there are no light ones)

Price: $6.50

Saltwater Bog Oak Pen blank
3/4 x 3/4 x 5.25 inches
With selection instructions

Price: $8.00

Curacao de negro is an unusual Central American/South American wood that has a very high density and very fine grain. Another unusual property of this wood is the color change. Wood that is not exposed to light is an orange/tan color. This color changes relatively quickly to a charcoal color as seen in the photo. If you want to change the color, finish final sanding and then expose the wood to direct sunlight. Sunlight through a window may or may not work. We changed ours in a matter of about 8 hours of sun exposure. This is probably Swartzia leiocalycina. Only 19 available.

Curacao de Negro
3/4 x 3/4 x 5-6 inches


Price: $6.00

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This wood hasn't been around on the market in years. We got these about 12 years ago. This type of padauk (from which amboyna burl comes) is far more colorfast than african padauk. Look at this deep red color in these pieces, they have not even started to turn brown in 12 years! The grain is also finer than african padauk with a higher density too . Dried completely.

Burma Padauk Piece B
3 7/8 x 7 7/8 x 8 inches

Price: $70.00

Bristlecone Pine
3/4 x 3/4 x 5-6 inches
Pen blanks, no defects


Price: $6.00

Bristlecone pine tree.























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