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Pink Ivory

Pink Ivory wood, a sacred wood of Zulu chiefs in Southern Africa, has long been treasured as a rare wood. At one time, it was said to be rarer than diamonds. The wood grows in various parts of Africa, and takes hundreds of years to reach a size suitable to make a bowl blank. It has a very fine grain and takes as high a polish as you would like to give it. Finishes that block UV light can be advantageous, since sunlight will gradually darken the wood. A fantastic ornamental turning wood also. Very hard and heavy, with the ability to take very fine details. Most of our Pink Ivory is dried (will be marked on the item if dried, except pen blanks which are always dried). This is no simple process. The logs are allowed to dry for 5-10 years and they crack profusely during the process. We then get an average yield of 18% from each log that is free of defects and has good color (good color is less then half the usable wood) to make the pieces we sell, and mostly we get pen blanks. Many logs can’t produce a single 1.5 x 1.5 x 6, and larger is truly rare. Selling wet pink ivory is very different and has far lower costs. To dry a piece that is 2 x 2 x 12 from the wet/waxed state will take at least 3 years (usually 4) of constant humidity above a certain level and a fairly constant temperature using the right techniques. It takes years of monitoring and occasional adjustments to dry a piece of wet pink ivory if you can provide the right conditions. For that reason, the pieces not marked dried are far cheaper since there is about 75% less labor to produce them. Truly dry Pink Ivory is so much trouble to produce that it is rare on the market in these defect free pieces we make. Be aware of some vendors false claims of dry wood, it seems to be a very common claim for many woods we have tested to be completely wet after we buy a piece to verify claims of dryness.

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Craft Blanks

Pink Ivory 339-348

Dried pink ivory-- cut in our own shop (the only way to assure quality with this wood type). ALL PIECES ARE DRIED TO 10% or LESS Burl is a very rare offering in pink ivory. Note about fractions: 13⁄16= .8 inch, 11⁄16= .69 inch, 7⁄16= .44 inch, 3⁄8=.38 inch, 1⁄8=.125 inch, etc

Piece 345

1 9/16 x 1 9/16 x 3.25 inches
Dried BURL

$33.00
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Piece 346

1 9/16 x 1 9/16 x 2 9/16 inches
Dried BURL

$26.00
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Piece 348

1 9/16 x 1 9/16 x 1.75 inches
Dried BURL

$16.00
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Pink Ivory 320-333

Dried pink ivory-- cut in our own shop (the only way to assure quality with this wood type). ALL PIECES ARE DRIED TO 11% or LESS Note about fractions: 9⁄16= .56 inch, 11⁄16= .69 inch, 7⁄16= .44 inch, 3⁄8=.38 inch, 5⁄16=.3 inch, etc

Piece 323

1 5/8 x 1 5/8 x 6 3/8 inches

$44.00
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Piece 330

1.25+ x 1.25+ x 3 1/8 inches

$12.00
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Piece 332

1 1/16 x 1 1/16 x 3.5 inches

$11.50
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Piece 333

1 x 1 x 2 5/8 inches

Pink Ivory 314-319

Dried pink ivory-- cut in our own shop (the only way to assure quality with this wood type). ALL PIECES ARE DRIED TO 10% or LESS Note about fractions: 9⁄16= .56 inch, 7⁄16= .44 inch, 3⁄8==.38 inch, 1⁄8=.125 inch, etc

Piece 318

1.25+ x 1.75 x 4 3/8 inches

$36.00
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Pink Ivory 300-313

Dried pink ivory-- cut in our own shop (the only way to assure quality with this wood type). ALL PIECES ARE DRIED TO 10% or LESS Note: Piece 300 is a one in one hundred piece (of good 2 x 2 x 12 dried pieces) Note about fractions: 9⁄16= .56 inch, 7⁄16= .44 inch, 3⁄8==.38 inch, 1⁄8=.125 inch, etc

Piece 304

1 1/8 x 1 3/16 x 8 inches

$33.00
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Piece 305

1.25+ x 1.25+ x 7 5/8 inches

$33.00
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Piece 306

15/16 x 15/16 x 7 5/8 inches

$19.00
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Piece 308

1 x 1 x 6 inches

$22.00
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Piece 310

1 x 1 x 5.5 inches

$23.00
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Piece 312

1 x 1 x 5 1/8 inches

$15.00
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Piece 313

1 x 1 x 5 inches

$16.00
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Pink Ivory 220-226

Dried pink ivory-- cut in our own shop (the only way to assure quality with this wood type). ALL PIECES ARE DRIED TO 11% or LESS

Piece 226

1 5/16 x 1 5/16 x 3 1/8 inches

$18.00
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Pink Ivory 211-219

Dried pink ivory-- cut in our own shop (the only way to assure quality with this wood type). ALL PIECES ARE DRIED TO 11% or LESS

Piece 214

1 x 1 x 8 5/8 inches

$30.00
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Piece 217

1 x 1 x 6 inches

$21.00
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Piece 219

1 x 1 x 4 1/8 inches
Dried/some figure

$15.00
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Pink Ivory 144-155

Dried pink ivory-- cut in our own shop (the only way to assure quality with this wood type). Pictures are extremely difficult to create with accurate color, photos shown are our best efforts. ALL PIECES ARE DRIED TO 11% or LESS

Piece 153

$31.50
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Pink Ivory 132-143

Dried pink ivory-- cut in our own shop (the only way to assure quality with this wood type). Pictures are extremely difficult to create with accurate color, photos shown are our best efforts. ALL PIECES ARE DRIED TO 11% or LESS

Piece 139

1+ x 1+ x 6 inches

$17.00
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Pink Ivory 60-75

Piece 72

1 x 1 x 5 1/8 inches

$14.00
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Piece 73

1 x 1 x 4 5/8 inches

$14.50
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Piece 74

1 x 1 x 4 3/8 inches

$15.00
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Pen Blanks

Pink Ivory figured, BtoN

Dried Pink ivory with figure. All pieces have figure. Note that Piece J is unfinished, thus owing to the difference in color.

Piece B

Pink Ivory figured, dried, 1 x 1 x 6.75 inches

$12.00
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Piece C

Pink Ivory figured, dried, 1 x 1 x 4 3/8 inches

$15.00
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Piece G

Pink Ivory figured, dried, 3/4 x 3/4 x 6 inches

$12.50
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Piece J

Pink Ivory figured, dried, 3/4 x 3/4 x 3 and up inches

Piece K

Pink Ivory figured, dried, 3/4 x 3/4 x 3 and up inches

Piece L

Pink Ivory figured, dried, 3/4 x 3/4 x 3 and up inches

Piece M

Pink Ivory figured, dried, 7/8 x 1.5 x 3.25 inches

$15.00
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Piece N

Pink Ivory figured, dried, 9/16 x 1.5 x 2 7/8 inches

Pink Ivory 1/2 pen blank, Primo grade, 3/4

Half pen blank, minimum 3 inches long

$6.00

4 in the stock

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Pink Ivory pen blank, Primo grade, 3/4

$14.00

3 in the stock

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Pink Ivory pen blank, excellent grade, 3/4

$6.50

5 in the stock

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Pink Ivory pen blank, Primo grade, 5/8

Half pen blank, minimum 3 inches long

$3.00

18 in the stock

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Pink Ivory pen blank, Primo grade, 5/8

$8.00

10 in the stock

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Pink Ivory pen blank, excellent grade, 5/8

Sample photo of primo color. Primo is always pink to pink/red.

$3.90

2 in the stock

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Lumber

Pink Ivory figured, dried OtoV

Pink ivory "micro" boards. Dried pieces. Pretty much all have figure. V has a type of burl figure.

Piece Q

Pink ivory mini lumber, figured, dried 1/2 x 1.75 x 12 inches

$29.00
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Piece S

Pink ivory mini lumber, figured, dried 3/16 x 2 1/8 x 7.5 inches

$29.00
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Piece T

Pink ivory mini lumber, figured, dried 3/4 x 1 3/8 x 7.5 inches

$25.50
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Piece V

Pink ivory mini lumber, figured, dried 11/16 x 3 x 5.25 inches

$19.00
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Grading:
Primo: best pink to red color over 95% before turning. No more than one tight knot under 1/8″ that is light in color, usually knot free (burl eyes are not knots).
Excellent quality: has good color over part of the piece after turning round, might have a tiny (max of 3/16″ )knot or two that is black and some off color wood .
Good quality: Has off color wood even after turning, some pink to red though and is still a good piece. Small tight black knots up to 1/4″ allowed.
Seconds: Have some (50-100%) off colors and may be as short as 4.75 ” if a pen blank.
Figured: has some curl figure as well as at least excellent grade.

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