Griffin Exotic Wood

(caeselpina echinata)

This wood, also called Brazilwood is now very rare and in the near future will be unavailable, most likely for many years.  It can be used for certain musical instruments, as a dye wood, and makes an excellent turning wood capable of taking fine detail.  It finishes to a very fine gloss through sanding alone.  Do not confuse it with Chakte viga, a possibly related wood that has somewhat different properties and color.  Pernambuco sometimes looks like the picture above, but may be darker or lighter or have a few gray pastels intermixed.  Expect grey pastels in almost all pieces, and these look good as an accent to the orange color.      Cannot be shipped outside the USA unless you have a permit.

We have cleaned up every single flawless piece we can produce and have put them here for sale.  After these are gone (most are one-of-a-kinds), we will no longer be able to carry this wood.  We are approaching the first time since the 1600's that this wood has been unavailable!   Keep it as an heirloom!

unless specified otherwise.


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Pernambuco pen blank
No Shipping outside the USA, restricted

Price: $8.50 each,
maximum of 2 per order, beyond rare.


caesalpina platyloba

Chakte-viga is a wood that is a close relative of pernambuco.  It grows in Central America and in Northern South America.  The wood has a very fine grain and works very much the same as pernambuco.  It tends to be an orange-yellow color (occasionally very light orange) upon cutting and then turns a deep reddish orange over time.  Its the best orange wood available and reportedly turns/works well.  Some may have black lines, most have few or none.  Economically priced for such a nice wood and is less than half the price of pernambuco.  It is allowed to be shipped internationally. Often looks lighter when fresh cut but turns orange again soon.


Chakte-viga Pen Blank 3/4
Price: $2.00

Chakte-viga 1 x 1 x 12 KILN-DRIED or completely air dried
Price: $3.50

Chakte viga, close relative of pernambuco. These could actually be pernambuco, so we cannot send them outside the USA. Waxed and partly dried, but at a great price. If you prefer to buy at the lowest price possible this is the way to do it. We call these Bulk Buys and this is similar to what you would buy from the big catalog stores. However, unlike them, we have pulled out any that have obvious checks or cracks. .

Chakte-viga 1.5 x 1.5 x 18
Waxed/bulk buy deal

Price: $8.00

Sample pieces shown with fresh cut appearance. Color is richer when finished/waxed.

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