All have good figure unless
Snakewood is an incredibly beautiful
wood which originates mostly in Suriname, South America. The specific
gravity is around 1.2, making it one of the worlds hardest woods.
The part sold as snakewood is really the heartwood of the larger tree.
This wood is usually felled with axes and carried on the backs of hard
working natives over streams and through snake infested jungle areas.
Each tree felled is monitored, and the government has developed a strict
permit process to control harvesting. Much of the wood has inferior
or no figure, but the small amount that has attractive figure is exported.
We sell only figured pieces that have high density of figure unless specifically
marked otherwise. All snakewood has at least minute hairline cracks.
We take the extra step of soaking some pieces in cyanoacrylate to minimize
or eliminate any cracking. Fortunately, if cracks do occur, they
can be hidden completely if caught early. We do not recommend attempting
to dry snakewood, as this almost always leads to cracking.
Being dense, the water content is already very low. To be successful,
always have superglue and hardener on hand, cover the piece with plastic
completely when not working on it, and seal it completely with a finish
that does not allow moisture transmission. Needless to say, the wood
should never be allowed to get overly heated or left in direct sunlight.
The first time you buy snakewood
from us, please read the note above. Thanks!
Grading system: We want to be
more specific about what we consider high figure, as we have noted that
what we sell as "medium high" figure is at least as good as what most vendors
call "high figure". Some vendors even sell what we call "medium"
or "low" figure as "high figure".
Here is how we determine the
rating of figure:
High figure (Gallery grade Plus):This
figure is continuous over the whole piece. The lines aren't far enough
apart that we consider the figure to have lapsed in any area.
Medium high figure (Gallery grade): This
figure is continuous most everywhere, but there is a lapse somewhere or
the figure is a little farther apart than high figure.
Medium figure (Gallery grade minus): There
are some lapses in the figure or the lines are spread further apart than
Low figure (turning grade): The
figure is sparse and there are gaps in it.
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