Griffin Exotic Wood

Figured woods (various types)


This is the exciting page for various figured woods that just don't fit somewhere else.  We will have an ever changing inventory, and most are here because they are available only occasionally or just once.  Usually there are not many pieces available, so if you like what you see be sure to buy what you want soon as they may go quickly. Read the whole description to get the facts on what is being sold, dried pieces will say "dried", stabilized pieces will say "stabilized" etc. Might be noted somewhere in the description or the item.

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.



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Wild Almond burl is from Laos. Takes a wonderful finish and sands nicely. The wood is quite hard and unusually difficult to dry without cracking. We have taken the years (at least 3) necessary to dry these pieces very slowly. If you force it to dry faster it will get cracks everywhere. Once dry it is stable. We cannot replace this rare species. Coming from Laos means that it is nearly impossible to acquire more because that country has banned almost all wood exports. Notes: All pieces were soaked with superglue which was then sanded off. It is possible you could find an internal gap that could require more glue, but we have gotten them 'superglue stabilized' as much as possible from the outside.

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Wild Almond Burl
piece 1
1.5 x 2.5 x 10 1/8 inches

Price: $66.00

Wild Almond Burl
piece 2
1.5 x 1.5 x 8 inches

Price: $31.00

Wild Almond Burl
piece 4
2 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 5 7/8 inches

Price: $48.00

Wild Almond Burl
piece 5
1.5 x 1.5 x 3 inches

Price: $10.00


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Pyinma, also now called Asian Satinwood has a botanical name of Lagerstroemia calycuta. For a number of years it was quite easy to get in the curly form (burl has always been rare) but nearly all supplies are gone now and because this is another wood from the fantastic forests of Laos, it is no longer imported. These pieces were dried multiple years and then cut, superglued on the outside, sanded down and now finished in these exquisite pieces. This is a very chatoyant (light catching) burl. All pieces were DRIED for years.

No surprises: ALL four sides visible in photos:
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Pyinma Burl
piece A
2.5 x 2.5 x 6.5 inches

Price: $70.50

Pyinma Burl
piece C
1.5 x 1.5 x 5 7/8 inches

Price: $23.00


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Sindora and Rambutan burls. Very high quality pieces, all have been repeatedly soaked with superglue which was then sanded back off. Notes: numbers 10 and 11 have some spalted areas, still very hard though. Amazing how different 10 and 11 look from 13-18 which are the same type of wood. 10 and 11 were saved over the years because they are so unusual for this type of wood. The rambutan is top grade stuff, like GG+ amboyna and almost as hard. Rambutan in this quality is much rarer even then amboyna burl in GG+, but rambutan costs quite a bit less. All from Laos, cannot be replaced once gone. All pieces were DRIED for years.

No surprises: ALL four sides visible in photos:

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Sindora Burl
piece 10
2 x 2 x 10 15/16 inches

Price: $83.50

Sindora Burl
piece 13
1 7/16 x 1 7/16 x 5 inches

Price: $15.00

Sindora Burl
piece 14
1 7/16 x 1 7/16 x 5 inches

Price: $15.00

Sindora Burl
piece 16
1 7/16 x 1 7/16 x 5 inches

Price: $15.00

Sindora Burl
piece 17
1 7/16 x 1 7/16 x 5 inches

Price: $15.00

Sindora Burl
piece 18
1 7/16 x 1 7/16 x 5 inches

Price: $15.00


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Big Linden, (Tilia platyphyllos) is sometimes also called Lime, but it isn't related to real lime trees. Trees can live to great age and there is one on the ruins of a church in Kiev Ukraine that is believed to date from the 1300's. The tree is not rare, but these burls are almost unknown on the market in the USA. We did extensive soaking with superglue on all these and though I was very thorough, you could need to use a bit more glue once you get inside the wood. Hardness seems to be about like Northwest Maple, at least for the burls.  Sands very nicely and was super easy to finish too.  Interesting color and patterns not seen in other burls so we thought we would give this a try and see what you think (let me know either way). All pieces were DRIED for years.

No surprises: ALL four sides visible in photos:

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This group is now sold, we do plan to offer more small squares in this burl. If we can get bigger pieces we will, but so far we have only found thicknesses up to 1 7/16.


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Black Cherry burl, resin impregnated. These were a highly selective cut to get this quality which is not typical. The burls are small meaning that even a 10 inch long piece is very hard to come by in this quality. Notes: Each piece has the grade on the item below. Piece 5 has some bark and small defects, high figure but half price. Pieces missing below are already sold.

No surprises: ALL four sides visible in photos:

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Cherry Burl
piece 2
Stabilized
1.25 x 1.25 x 7.5 inches
Grade: GG+

Price: $30.00












Figured Pyinma
(Lagerstroemia spp.)
not related to Ceylon Satinwood, Pyinma is a completely
different species. We have ceylon satinwood too, email us.
Pyinma has much better figure.


sample of gg+ figure

Figured Pyinma pen blank
Price: $1.75
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Highly figured Pyinma pen blank
GG grade

Price: $3.25
Qty: 

Highly figured Pyinma 1 x 1 x 12 gallery grade minus
dried

Price: $3.25
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