Pink Ivory

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Botanical Name

Berchemia zeyheri

Other Names

Red Ivory

Main Color Group


Grain Pattern




Avg Dry Weight - LB/FT3


Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3


Janka Hardness - LBF


Janka Hardness - N


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.

Species Description: Wood Species

Turning Squares - Pink Ivory
$8.50$35.0012 x 2 x 2 inTURNIVPINK1001

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.



Pink Ivory
$512.86 $359.0045.5 x 9.5 x 1.25 inIVRED1032

Open pith and defects both sides.

Pink Ivory
$852.78 $596.9554.75 x 8 x 2.75 inIVRED1031

Surface checks in sapwood. End checks and pith one side.

Pink Ivory
$289.11 $202.3837.5 x 6 x 1.3 inIVRED1030

Max width 8″. Min width 6.5″. Defects one end. Checking at other end.

Pink Ivory
$474.90 $332.4356.25 x 7.5 x 1.3 inIVRED1029

Max width 8″. Min width 7″. Hairline cracks on one face. Good face has minor end checks one end.

Pink Ivory
$394.43 $276.1056 x 7 x 1.3 inIVRED1028

Max width 8″. Min width 6.25″. Large defect one end. Good face has 2 small knots. Defects on reverse face

Pink Ivory
$298.06 $208.6446.5 x 7 x 1.05 inIVRED1027

Defects mostly on one face. Good face has defects near one end

Pink Ivory
$282.16 $197.5145.5 x 6 x 1.05 inIVRED1026

Max width 6.5″. Min width 5″. Couple of small defects. Checking at one end

Pink Ivory
$224.44 $157.1139.75 x 5 x 1.05 inIVRED1025

Widest 8″. Narrowest 4.5″. Small holes sap and heart. Sappy one face. Couple of checks

Pink Ivory
$405.36 $283.7554.25 x 7 x 1.3 inIVRED1024

Max width 9″. Min width 6.5″. Hairline cracks on sappy face. One large defect with hairline crack on good face

Pink Ivory
$186.88 $130.8247.25 x 3 x 1.55 inIVRED1023

Max width 4″. Min width 2.5″. Mostly sap on reverse face

Pink Ivory
$240.53 $168.3733.75 x 5 x 1.55 inIVRED1022

Max width 7.5″. Min width 4″. End checks. Mostly sap on reverse face

Pink Ivory
$260.30 $182.2150.5 x 5 x 1.3 inIVRED1021

Max width 5.5″. Min width 3.25″. Sap cracks.

Pink Ivory
$415.79 $291.0551.5 x 11 x 1.05 inIVRED1020

Max width 12″. Min width 11″. Stunning color. On knot and heart checks

Pink Ivory
$248.58 $174.0159 x 5 x 1.05 inIVRED1019

Couple small heart checks. Holes in sap. More sap on reverse face

Pink Ivory
$327.27 $229.0958.25 x 5 x 1.3 inIVRED1018

Max width 8″. Min width 3.75″. Few very small cracks. One small defect.

Pink Ivory
$165.42 $115.7949.25 x 4.5 x 1.05 inIVRED1017

Max width 5.5″. Min width 4″. Thin cracks. Sap on reverse.

Pink Ivory
$307.00 $214.9040 x 7.5 x 1.3 inIVRED1016

Max width 8″. Min width 7″.Small checks at one end and on one face

Pink Ivory
$410.42 $287.2962 x 6 x 1.3 inIVRED1015

Max width 7″. Min 6″. Some checks through center of board

Pink Ivory
$352.70 $246.8953.25 x 7 x 1.3 inIVRED1014

Min width 5.5″. Max width 7.5″. Heart checks. Small tight knots

Pink Ivory
$234.47 $164.1348.75 x 5.5 x 1.05 inIVRED1013

Max width 6″. Min width 4″. Small tight knots. Lovely colour. Couple of heart defects

Pink Ivory
$650.76 $455.5365.25 x 10 x 1.3 inIVRED1012

Max width 12″. Min width 8.5″. Checks both ends. Tiny knots. Great board

Pink Ivory
$279.87 $195.9146.25 x 6 x 1.3 inIVRED1011

Max width 10″. Min width 4″.Small check on good face. Sap cracks on reverse

Pink Ivory
$386.28 $270.4060 x 6.5 x 1.3 inIVRED1010

Max width 9″. Min width 6″. Few cracks.

Pink Ivory
$313.85 $219.7046 x 10.5 x 0.8 inIVRED1009

Max width 13″. Cracks and defects both faces

Pink Ivory
$380.02 $266.0159.5 x 8 x 1.3 inIVRED1008

Max width 8.5″. Min width 3.75″. Crack on one face

Pink Ivory
$185.79 $130.0547.25 x 6 x 0.8 inIVRED1007

Sap on reverse face. Some cracks both faces

Pink Ivory
$365.62 $255.9342.5 x 10.5 x 1.05 inIVRED1006

Some cracks. Small knot. Max width15″. Min width 8″

Pink Ivory
$312.96 $219.0752.25 x 5 x 1.3 inIVRED1005

Couple of small checks but mostly good board.

Pink Ivory
$168.90 $118.2352.5 x 3.5 x 1.05 inIVRED1004
Out of stock

Small heart checks on one face. Few small/tiny knots

Pink Ivory
$374.66 $262.2645.5 x 11 x 1.05 inIVRED1003

One large defect with some checking both faces. Max width 14″. Min width 9″

Pink Ivory
$167.21 $117.0539 x 3.5 x 1.55 inIVRED1002

Tiny knot and few small cracks on one face. Interesting figure on other.

Pink Ivory
$261.99 $183.3944.5 x 7.5 x 1.05 inIVRED1001

Some defects both faces


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