Griffin Exotic Wood

(dalbergia cochinensis)

(Thuya burl---see second half of page)

Flamewood is also known as Thai rosewood. The botanical name is dalbergia cochinensis. A very rare rosewood that is restricted for imnport through a permit process. Almost never imported anymore. Color can vary from a light orange to a deep purple, possibly due to growing locale or different sub-species. The orange type sometimes has black lines, but usually very few. The tap tone is wonderful. Very limited supply on the market. Also called Siamese Rosewood.
FLAMEWOOD CANNOT BE EXPORTED (APPLIES TO Flamewood only--thuya burl still ok to export ).

 Thuya Burl on bottom half of page:

unless specified otherwise.



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Flame wood Pen blank
3/4 x 3/4 x 5.25 inches or larger

Price: $7.00


Actual pieces shown, Click photo for second view.  All are bare wood.  Dried & RARE.

This rosewood (dalbergia cochinchinensis) is almost unknown on the market currently. Pieces like these without defects are super rare to be for sale anywhere. A recent internet search could find no other legal sources in the USA for high quality squares like these. (or flawless lumber either)

These pieces were imported long before the current import rules took effect.

NO EXPORTS allowed

No surprises: ALL four sides visible in photos:
Click here for a THIRD side view.
Click here for FOURTH side view.
Pieces not shown BELOW or that give an out of stock message in the shopping cart are sold.
This group sold in less then 5 hours after being placed on the site. We are always looking for more of this and other rosewoods to supply you. They come nearly entirely from old stock, wood that was cut many years ago. Buying a rosewood piece from a USA supplier very rarely would ever mean another tree would be cut to replace it. There are other sources of supply (think you can guess the country/countries) where they break all the international laws and break into national forests in places all over such as Madagascar to get more rosewood. We do not buy from such sources and we ask you not to also, because those sources would mean that when you buy a rosewood piece, they will actually be cutting more rosewood to replace it. Not all rosewoods are very rare, but this is one of them, so be aware of where any stock in this wood has come from.
Piece 8
1 3/8 x 1 3/8 x 6 inches

Price: Sold

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.

Thuya Burl
(tetraclinis articulata)

This beautiful burl comes from Morocco.  Reportedly it comes from the root systems of trees which have died a long time ago.  It is very difficult to find as the tree tops have disappeared years ago, leaving small depressions in the ground where it is dug to see if a burl is there.  It has a characteristic smell and a very fine grain.  The color may vary from deep reddish to bronze to tan.  The black spots may be sparse or more packed together.  Even though the tree is a conifer, the wood is very hard and somewhat oily.  A favorite turning wood for years and as you can see from the photos, it finishes fantastically well.
Now becoming rare due to import problems and lack of good quality from the source.

Thuya burl pen blank, part burl
Price: $4.80 (part burl grade)

Thuya burl pen blank, very good burl eyes

Price: $9.00 (good burl grade)


Actual pieces shown, order below. Many top grade pieces here. The only way we are now providing it is that we were able to buy an old piece from a collector to produce some of the highest quality pieces that you see now on this page. Irreplaceble. We only hope we'll find a piece like that again some day. ALL ARE DRY.

No surprises: ALL four sides visible in photos:

Click here for a THIRD side view.

Click here for FOURTH side view.

Pieces NOT listed below were already sold, more when/if we find good pieces




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