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Red Narra (figured)
(pterocarpus indicus)

Red Narra is the same tree from which Amboyna burl comes.  It grows in Southeast Asia in such countries as Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, and Burma.  The picture above is of curl or "beeswing" figure in the heartwood.   At the bottom of the page, Amboyna part burl is listed, since they are different parts of the same tree.   Color of either can vary from reddish tan like the above photo to an orangey deep red in some instances.  The figure in the beeswing is quite chatoyant and really catches the light.  Note:  Chatoyant means that the appearance changes when the piece is held at different angles to the light .  We need moving pictures to really show you what it looks like! Note: the vast majority (at least 70%) of each gg piece will have very nice figure. There may be some areas with less/none or different figure, which is the nature of this type of wood. SIZES ARE IN INCHES
unless specified otherwise.

Grading explanation for figured wood:
Gallery grade minus (gg-) is a nicely figured piece that has some figure scattered around, not tight or all over figure
Gallery grade (gg) is a highly figured piece of wood. It has very high and intense figure on at least two parallel sides, or very good figure on 3 or 4 sides.
Gallery grade PLUS (gg+) is a piece with rare intense figure that appears on all 4 surfaces of a square. Usually uncommon to rare.

Amboyna--part burl/figured: see further down page

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See description above for figure grades. This is a very RARE item and almost never seen anymore!

Beeswing narra

Beeswing Narra pen blank, 3/4 inch square, gallery grade
Very good figure in these!

Price: $6.50 , was 8.50!

Amboyna--part burl, part figured

Amboyna--part burl/figured (each piece has some burl eyes and/or figure)

Amboyna part burl pen
Price: $5.00

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