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Pink Ivory remains one of the most elusive, coveted and highly desirable of all the world’s many exotic woods. Despite being indigenous to Southern Africa, the wood is rare throughout its home continent. What isn’t exported abroad is said to be hoarded by rich, hierarchical families throughout Africa, as the wood is considered to be on the same level of value as diamonds and emeralds.
Its reputation in the US is that of being one of the most elusive, difficult-to-source of all exotic woods, and one of the “holy grail” exotic tonewoods in the eyes of many guitar builders.
Sustainability: Not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Common Uses: Instruments, decorative items, veneer, inlay / decorative, knife & gun handles, billiard cues, chessmen, and other turned objects.
Comments: In addition to its dazzling colors, texture and overall supremely regal appearance, Pink Ivory possesses great density (3230 lbf, on the Janka Hardness scale), making it well suited for a variety of applications. It is very popular with wood carvers and turners, alike, although it can be difficult to work and has reputation for dulling saw blades.
The Wood Database lists trees as growing to maturity at heights ranging from 100 – 130 feet, and trunk diameters of 3 to 5 feet. This, however, is inaccurate as trees rarely grow past 35 feet in height with trunks around one foot in diameter. The tree is protected and sustainably maintained in South Africa, only felled after the issuance of very limited permitting by respective state government environmental authorities. Given this, it’s little wonder that finding any Pink or Red Ivory beyond small craft-sized pieces has proven a very difficult task in the US.
|$24.00 – $35.00||A||12 x 2 x 2 in||TURNIVPINK1001|| |
Our Pink Ivory turning blanks come in range of sizes and are good quality lumber.
The sizes are all rough-guides, but are basically accurate.
If you have very strict size criteria, please just drop us an email to confirm they will meet your expectations.
The photographs are representative of the stock you will receive.
|B||45.5 x 9.5 x 1.25 in||IVRED1032|| |
Open pith and defects both sides.
|AB||54.75 x 8 x 2.75 in||IVRED1031|| |
Surface checks in sapwood. End checks and pith one side.
|$120.00||A||12 x 12 x 2 in||TURN001|| |
Multi-pack of assorted turning blanks.
Turning Blanks (Rosewood, Satinwood, Af Blackwood, Wild Olive, Pink Ivory, King)
Any woodturners delight…!
Please note: we surfaced one edge on the samples to show how they will look. You won’t necessarily received surfaced blanks.
|B||37.5 x 6 x 1.3 in||IVRED1030|| |
Max width 8″. Min width 6.5″. Defects one end. Checking at other end.
|B||56.25 x 7.5 x 1.3 in||IVRED1029|| |
Max width 8″. Min width 7″. Hairline cracks on one face. Good face has minor end checks one end.
|B||56 x 7 x 1.3 in||IVRED1028|| |
Max width 8″. Min width 6.25″. Large defect one end. Good face has 2 small knots. Defects on reverse face
|B||46.5 x 7 x 1.05 in||IVRED1027|| |
Defects mostly on one face. Good face has defects near one end
|B||45.5 x 6 x 1.05 in||IVRED1026|| |
Max width 6.5″. Min width 5″. Couple of small defects. Checking at one end
|C||39.75 x 5 x 1.05 in||IVRED1025|| |
Widest 8″. Narrowest 4.5″. Small holes sap and heart. Sappy one face. Couple of checks
|B||54.25 x 7 x 1.3 in||IVRED1024|| |
Max width 9″. Min width 6.5″. Hairline cracks on sappy face. One large defect with hairline crack on good face
|C||47.25 x 3 x 1.55 in||IVRED1023|| |
Max width 4″. Min width 2.5″. Mostly sap on reverse face
|C||33.75 x 5 x 1.55 in||IVRED1022|| |
Max width 7.5″. Min width 4″. End checks. Mostly sap on reverse face
|B||50.5 x 5 x 1.3 in||IVRED1021|| |
Max width 5.5″. Min width 3.25″. Sap cracks.
|C||51.5 x 11 x 1.05 in||IVRED1020|| |
Max width 12″. Min width 11″. Stunning color. On knot and heart checks
|C||59 x 5 x 1.05 in||IVRED1019|| |
Couple small heart checks. Holes in sap. More sap on reverse face
|C||58.25 x 5 x 1.3 in||IVRED1018|| |
Max width 8″. Min width 3.75″. Few very small cracks. One small defect.
|C||49.25 x 4.5 x 1.05 in||IVRED1017|| |
Max width 5.5″. Min width 4″. Thin cracks. Sap on reverse.
|B||40 x 7.5 x 1.3 in||IVRED1016|| |
Max width 8″. Min width 7″.Small checks at one end and on one face
|C||62 x 6 x 1.3 in||IVRED1015|| |
Max width 7″. Min 6″. Some checks through center of board
|B||53.25 x 7 x 1.3 in||IVRED1014|| |
Min width 5.5″. Max width 7.5″. Heart checks. Small tight knots
|B||48.75 x 5.5 x 1.05 in||IVRED1013|| |
Max width 6″. Min width 4″. Small tight knots. Lovely colour. Couple of heart defects
|B||65.25 x 10 x 1.3 in||IVRED1012|| |
Max width 12″. Min width 8.5″. Checks both ends. Tiny knots. Great board
|C||46.25 x 6 x 1.3 in||IVRED1011|| |
Max width 10″. Min width 4″.Small check on good face. Sap cracks on reverse
|C||60 x 6.5 x 1.3 in||IVRED1010|| |
Max width 9″. Min width 6″. Few cracks.
|C||46 x 10.5 x 0.8 in||IVRED1009|| |
Max width 13″. Cracks and defects both faces
|C||59.5 x 8 x 1.3 in||IVRED1008|| |
Max width 8.5″. Min width 3.75″. Crack on one face
|B||47.25 x 6 x 0.8 in||IVRED1007|| |
Sap on reverse face. Some cracks both faces
|B||42.5 x 10.5 x 1.05 in||IVRED1006|| |
Some cracks. Small knot. Max width15″. Min width 8″
|B||52.25 x 5 x 1.3 in||IVRED1005|| |
Couple of small checks but mostly good board.
|B||52.5 x 3.5 x 1.05 in||IVRED1004|| |
Small heart checks on one face. Few small/tiny knots
|C||45.5 x 11 x 1.05 in||IVRED1003|| |
One large defect with some checking both faces. Max width 14″. Min width 9″
|C||39 x 3.5 x 1.55 in||IVRED1002|| |
Tiny knot and few small cracks on one face. Interesting figure on other.
|C||44.5 x 7.5 x 1.05 in||IVRED1001|| |
Some defects both faces
Although we don't have any listed pieces for this species available in our online store, add this species to your Quote Request and we'll get back to you with availability in our warehouse.