Koa & other Hawaiian Woods
Koa (in photo above) (Acacia koa)
Koa tree in Hawaiian Islands. Koa Tree flowers Freshly cut log
photo credit: Forest and Kim Starr
NOTE: you CAN export these from the USA!
The above photo shows the range of colors in the pen blanks listed below. They are all pretty similar and there is little/no sapwood in them. Outstanding aroma in these, you will really fill the shop when you work on them! Note: Just a few available in most sizes. If we run out of your size, let us know and we'll cut more for you.
Click the photo for the other two sides.
Top quality aroma/oil in these defect free pieces*, cut from the highest quality logs, aroma is outstanding with a high oil content. Notice how these are a little darker then some? Reason seems to be the very high oil content in these. Extremely rare wood basically unknown on the market. They smell great and you'll love these if you like sandalwood. Quality = to top grade Mysore sandalwood
Notes: *Piece E is a natural edge log slice: some cracking but mostly clear , biggest check in white circle in the pic above.
All these pieces came from the same log section!
Macadamia wood has an appearance much like lacewood/leopardwood, but has a pinkish cast and slightly different markings. The color can look like red stain with a finish. Just like lacewood or oak, the appearance of the markings changes based on the angle the wood has been cut. The wood often develops multiple defects when drying, which makes it very important to buy truly dry wood. These pieces have been kiln-dried or air dried completely.
The freshly cut wood looks like the lighter pieces. If exposed to light without a finish, the
pieces gradually look like the darker ones above. The darker color is only skin deep, and
as soon as the piece is sanded, the lighter color is apparent. Sample photo of typical pieces.
Click Photo for a second view.
Nice clean dry pieces. This wood is incredibly hard to dry without cracks going everywhere. Fortunately, once dry it seems stable. Picking the best pieces to start, we have to buy about 4-5 pounds to get one pound of blanks, making getting from wet lumber to perfect dried blanks a very costly, long term (very slow drying required) and laborious process. Probably why you don't see the dried cleaned up ones for sale much, if ever, elsewhere. We don't really make money on it, but do manage to get another hard to find (in this quality) wood out there for our customers.
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