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Lignum Vitae

New grading system for lignum vitae:
AA grade : The grain is fairly straight, no sapwood or checks in the piece that are visible to us. Sometimes called “Bearing grade”
A grade: The grain may have some movement, most or all sapwood gone when turned round, no checks unless truly tiny. Could have tiny bark inclusions or really tiny knots (Bowl blanks may have a small amount of sapwood on one or two edges and can be turned off or left on for effect.)
Figured: Like A grade but has figure in it. May or may not have sapwood. May have glued defects.
B grade: A good piece, and the sapwood varies from 15-40%. No cracks, possible small tight knot and possible small hairline check. Excellent Value, and offers a contrasty look. Requests for high sapwood will be allowed, (not for low sapwood).
C grade: The piece has some deep checks and would reguire some superglue to fix them, if you can’t cut around them. Even if you have to cut these to smaller sizes, they are still very inexpensive. Priced to move.

The pieces below have been color coded to easily see the grade:

🪵 Good to know

Lignum Vitae
(Guaiacum officinale)
This is genuine lignum vitae, not a substitute!

All real lignum vitae has a botanical name that starts with “Guaiacum”.

If you are looking for Argentine lignum,click here.

 
🇺🇸 Not legal for export from USA!

Pen Blanks

Lignum Vitae pen blank, AA grade

AA grade, no apparent defects or sapwood. Grain is fairly (but not perfectly) straight.

$5.50

55 in the stock

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Lignum Vitae pen blank, A grade

A grade

$4.00

16 in the stock

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Craft Blanks

Lignum Vitae 28 to 33

Genuine Lignum Vitae. Rare and not imported in many years. These are pieces that have contrasting wood colors. We basically just charge for the dark heartwood in these but we left the light wood on to add interest to these. All our lignum vitae has been dried a long time. All these pieces were first brought into our shop about 17 years ago.

Piece 28

Lignum Vitae (genuine), contrasting color, size: 1 1/8 x 1 5/8 x 4 inches

$10.00
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Piece 29

Lignum Vitae (genuine), contrasting color, size: 1 3/8 x 1 3/8 x 5 3/8 inches

$13.00
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Piece 30

Lignum Vitae (genuine), contrasting color, size: 1.5 x 1.5 x 6 inches

$19.00
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Piece 31

Lignum Vitae (genuine), contrasting color, size: 1 3/8 x 1 3/8 x 6 inches

$15.50
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piece 33

Lignum Vitae (genuine), contrasting color, size: 1 x 1.25 x 8 5/8 inches

$11.00
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Lignum Vitae 22 to 27

Genuine lignum vitae in AA grade. The pieces are all AA grade in this offering, which means that we either removed any defects or could find none. AA is not a guarantee of absolute perfection, but it is equal or better to what others usually call "bearing grade" . This is a rare wood, almost never seen on the market. Heavy import restrictions seem to have prevented all new imports for many years (10+).

Piece 27

Lignum Vitae (genuine), AA grade, size: 1.5 x 1.5 x 3.5 inches

$13.50
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Lignum Vitae (genuine) 1 to 9

Lignum vitae has a storied history but the most known use for the wood is as a bearing for boat drive shafts and for shafts in small dams. Some modern navies are still using this wood for bearings as it is unmatched for longevity under pressure in underwater applications. There is no available man made material that is superior, something very hard to believe but apparently true. The pieces in this offering are AA grade. AA grade in this wood means that we have not found any defects in the wood and we believe it is suitable for the most demanding use, making bearings. Of course it is suitable for anything else usually done with it, like cutting threads, ornamental turnery, knife handles and more. The wood has been dried, and we've had it about 18 years now. These pieces are coated in wax, but as mentioned are dried. We suggest that any wood needs some kind of a finish, including this one.

Piece 6

Lignum Vitae, genuine, AA grade, size: 1 x 1 x 5.75 inches

$11.00
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Piece 7

Lignum Vitae, genuine, AA grade, size: 1 x 1 x 5.5 inches

$10.75
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Piece 9

Lignum Vitae, genuine, AA grade, size: 1 x 1 x 6 inches

$11.50
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Knife Blanks

Lignum Vitae (genuine) 10 to 21

Genuine Lignum Vitae. These are graded AA, which means we haven't found any defects in them. Note that color differences are for a couple reasons: most of the wood turns green (this is a patina in most cases on the surface) but some never does. The only way to find out is to wait and see. All of it (at least most of the heartwood) seems to be a deep to medium brown to start.

Piece 10

Lignum Vitae, genuine, AA grade, size: 1.25 x 2 inches wide by 1.75 inches long

Piece 11

Lignum Vitae, genuine, AA grade, size: 11/16 x 2.5 x 4.75 inches

$16.00
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Piece 12

Lignum Vitae, genuine, AA grade, size: 13/16 x 1 9/16 x 2 3/8 inches

Piece 13

Lignum Vitae, genuine, AA grade, size: 7/8 x 1 1/16 x 4.75 inches

Piece 14

Lignum Vitae, genuine, AA grade, size: 15/16 x 1 5/8 x 6.25 inches

$19.50
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Piece 17

Lignum Vitae, genuine, AA grade, size: 1 1/8 x 1 7/16 x 4 1/8 inches

$13.00
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Piece 18

Lignum Vitae, genuine, AA grade, size: 1 1/16 x 2 1/8 x 4.75 inches

$21.00
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Piece 19

Lignum Vitae, genuine, AA grade, size: 1 x 2 x 4.75 inches

$19.50
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Bowl Blanks

Lignum Vitae Bowl Blanks

This is a rare offering of genuine lignum vitae bowl blanks in very good quality. All are dried, many years ago. They are rated as A grade instead of AA because I honestly cannot do a total inspection on the bigger ones due to wax. So I downgraded them But: What I can see looks very good, so if there are any defects I would expect them to be minimal. I haven't seen a genuine lignum vitae bowl blank such as #39 (in good condition like this) for sale in years.

Piece 39

Lignum Vitae (genuine), A grade, size: 3 1/8 x 5.75 x 6 inches

$214.00
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Piece 40

Lignum Vitae (genuine), A grade, size: 2 x 4 7/8 x 4 7/8 inches

$97.00
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Note: This is genuine Lignum Vitae. It was imported many years ago before the current restrictions.

We are asking customers to be cautious as we did recently see at least one place online is selling genuine lignum vitae and shipping it to you from outside the USA. This can result in seizure and even criminal prosecution for the importer (which would be you if you are the one buying it, buyer=importer). Customers often assume all wood sold online is safe to buy, but if you are receiving this wood from outside the USA please be aware of the risk to yourself. The sender has no risk. Receiving it from a sender INside the USA would not normally be any risk for the buyer.

Note: Some suppliers are now saying they are selling “lignum vitae” when they are actually selling “Argentine lignum vitae” or even Verawood. Ask for the botanical name of the wood. Argentine lignum vitae (bulnesia sarmientoi) and Verawood (bulnesia arborea) are not lignum vitae and are not the same as lignum vitae. A Ph.D. endocrinologist told us that it is not even clear the two wood types are related.

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