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Desert Ironwood

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.

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Pen Blanks

Craft Blanks

Desert Ironwood 11to20

Nice dried pieces with grain from plain to highly figured.

Piece 13

Desert Ironwood , dried, size: 1.5 x 1.5 x 6 inches

$19.00
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Piece 18

Desert Ironwood , dried, size: 1.5 x 1.5 x 6 inches

$17.50
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Piece 19

Desert Ironwood , dried, size: 1.5 x 1.5 x 6 inches

$18.00
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Desert Ironwood 8to10

Some really nice 2" squares in ironwood. Dried pieces. These are high quality, and #8 has a lot of figure, see closeup.

Piece 9

Desert Ironwood Piece 9, size: 2 x 2 x 6 inches

$42.00
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Piece 10

Desert Ironwood Piece 10, size: 2 x 2 x 6 inches

$42.00
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Knife Blanks

Desert Ironwood 21to30

Various sizes in these dried Desert Ironwood pieces. We call them "knife blanks" when they are shaped like this, they are good for many uses as well as knife handles. Some of these have great patterns!

Piece 22

Desert Ironwood, dried, size: 1 3/16 x 1.75 x 5.25 inches

$22.00
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Piece 23

Desert Ironwood, dried, size: 1.25 x 1.75 x 5 5/16 inches

$24.00
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Piece 26

Desert Ironwood, dried, size: 1 3/16 x 1.75 x 5 5/16 inches

$26.00
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Piece 27

Desert Ironwood, dried, size: 1 1/8 x 1 5/8 x 4 15/16 inches

$18.00
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Piece 28

Desert Ironwood, dried, size: 1 1/8 x 1.5 x 5 15/16 inches

$17.00
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Piece 29

Desert Ironwood, dried, size: 3/4 x 1.25 x 6.75 inches

$14.00
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Piece 30

Desert Ironwood, dried, size: 5/8 x 1 5/16 x 6 inches

$11.00
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Desert Ironwood 1to7

These are odd pieces of desert ironwood we've had on the shelf for years. Each one is quite interesting with nice grain or even burl. Pieces 1, 2, 4, 5 have all be extensively glued over natural gaps, divets and other faults. We did a heck of a job on them, but you should expect that some gluing on the inside will be needed. Those pieces have a price that is at least 30% off the normal price. #3 has some burl on one side, and 6 and 7 are actual burl. All pieces were dried more then 10 years ago.

Piece 2

Desert Ironwood Piece 2, size: 1 13/16 x 2.25 x 3 15/16 inches, price is 30% off the normal price

$21.50
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Piece 3

Desert Ironwood Piece 3, size: 1 11/16 x 2.25 x 5 1/8 inches

$37.00
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Piece 4

Desert Ironwood Piece 4, size: 1 3/8 x 2.25 x 3.5 inches, price is 30% off the normal price

$14.50
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Piece 5

Desert Ironwood Piece 5, size: 1 3/8 x 2.25 x 4.25 inches, Price is 30% off the normal price

$17.50
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Piece 6

Desert Ironwood Piece 6, BURL, 1 5/16 x 2 5/16 x 5 1/8 inches

$39.00
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Piece 7

Desert Ironwood Piece 7, BURL, 1 1/16 x 1 1/16 x 3 7/8 inches

$12.00
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Bowl Blanks

Desert Ironwood 34to35

Desert Ironwood. Dried bowl blanks with great color and some figure too. Pieces were dowsed in superglue that was then sanded off. Dried bowl blanks in Desert Ironwood are difficult to find.

Piece 34

Desert Ironwood, dried, size: 2 1/16 x 3 1/16 x 3 1/16 inches

$41.00
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Piece 35

Desert Ironwood, dried, size: 2 x 2 7/8 x 2 7/8 inches

$36.00
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Micro Boards

Desert Ironwood 31to33

Small micro boards for various projects. 32 and 33 have figure, most of the burl figure in 32 is near the bottom. Dried pieces.

Piece 31

Desert Ironwood, dried, size: 13/16 x 1 3/8 x 11 3/8 inches

$25.00
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Grading system for ironwood:
A grade means that this is a completely clean turning blank with almost no cracks or checks. Tiny defects are allowed, but very uncommon. If grade isn’t stated, assume A grade
B grade means that this is a good turning blank, but there will be some small fissures or checks. We try to glue these with cyanoacrylate glue for you.
C grade means that this is a cleaned up section of a log, but will have some cracks, gaps, and/or checks, and may be rough cut.

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