Ironwood – Desert

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Botanical Name

Olneya tesota

Other Names

Desert Ironwood, Palo Fierro

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Desert Ironwood (Palo Fierro in Spanish) only grows in the Sonoran Desert in Southwestern Arizona and the Northwestern part of Mexico.? It is one of the hardest and densest woods in the world. It ranges massively in color and can have some stunning figures as a result.


Sustainability: Not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.? However, Desert Ironwood (known as Palo Fierro in Spanish) is considered a protected species in Mexico due to overexploitation and diminishing natural habitat.

Common Uses: Knife hands, carvings, turning

Comments: A very difficult timber to work with due to its density, but it does turn, polish and finish well.

Species Description: Wood Species

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