While the term “boxwood” has become quite convoluted over time, this species, Buxus macowanii, is considered a close cousin to ‘the original boxwood.’ (Buxus sempervirens). It’s pale, creamy yellowish hues make it popular with wood turners and especially carvers, as Boxwood is renowned for its capacity to hold crisp, fine details and it has a smooth, very fine texture.
Trees rarely make it much passed 20 feet in height and trunk diameters max out at only 6 inches in diameter. Not surprisingly, this limits its supply to primarily small, craft-sized pieces. The very small logs (if you can even call them that) it produces are often cracked, due to its tough, dense nature. Beware of other species, similar in color and density, being sold as boxwood.
The Boxwood that we carry has been carefully air dried over many years and originates from South Africa.
Not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Why We Love This Wood
The tight grain and high density of this species allow carvers to create the most intricate details in their work. The silky smooth finish achievable makes that detail simply gorgeous to look at!
A Popular Choice in
|Main Color Group||Yellow / White|
|Avg Dry Weight - LB/BF||5.1|
|Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3||975|
|Janka Hardness - LBF||2840|
|Janka Hardness - N||12610|
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