Desert Ironwood grows predominantly in the deserts of Arizona and California, USA as well as Mexico. It is one of the hardest and densest woods in the world, with a specific gravity around 1.2 or more. The color may be like the picture above or any variation of light to very dark browns, with or without lighter areas. Burls have high figure. The logs are full of cracks and making a clean turning blank of any size requires removal of about 95% of the log. This is why it is usually sold in logs rather than clean turning blanks, since the material cost for clean turning blanks averages over 20 times the cost for logs. These trees are harvested legally from a reputable source in Arizona and now also from another reputable source in Mexico . The pieces we sell are completely air dried unless otherwise noted on the item.
New: see bottom of page for some of our customers work using this wood.