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Pink Ivory

Berchemia zeyheri
Also known as |
Red Ivory
Pink Ivory Lumber @ Rare Woods USA

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.

Not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Why We Love This Wood

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.

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    Main Color GroupPink
    Grain Pattern Even
    Avg Dry Weight - LB/BF5.4
    Avg Dry Weight - KG/M31035
    Janka Hardness - LBF3230
    Janka Hardness - N14370
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    Turning Squares – Pink Ivory

    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.

    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.

    $24.00$35.00

    Turning Squares – Pink Ivory

    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.

    $24.00$35.00

    Turning Squares – Pink Ivory
    TURNIVPINK1001

    $24.00$35.00

    Pink Ivory (B Squares)
    6-piece pack: B Grade Pink Ivory Turning Squares.Rough Dimensions: 1.5x1.5x12"50% cheaper than our A grade price.Pieces might have wane, sap, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality.We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack. What you see is what you get.
    IVREDSQB2004
    12 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

    6-piece pack: B Grade Pink Ivory Turning Squares.

    Rough Dimensions: 1.5×1.5×12″

    50% cheaper than our A grade price.

    Pieces might have wane, sap, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality.

    We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack.

    What you see is what you get.

    $72.00

    Pink Ivory (B Squares)
    6-piece pack: B Grade Pink Ivory Turning Squares.Rough Dimensions: 1.5x1.5x12"50% cheaper than our A grade price.Pieces might have wane, sap, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality.We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack. What you see is what you get.
    IVREDSQB2004
    12 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

    $72.00

    Pink Ivory (B Squares)
    IVREDSQB2004
    12 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

    $72.00

    Pink Ivory (B Squares)
    6-piece pack: B Grade Pink Ivory Turning Squares.Rough Dimensions: 1.5x1.5x12"50% cheaper than our A grade price.Pieces might have wane, sap, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality.We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack. What you see is what you get.
    IVREDSQB2003
    12 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

    6-piece pack: B Grade Pink Ivory Turning Squares.

    Rough Dimensions: 1.5×1.5×12″50% cheaper than our A grade price.

    Pieces might have wane, sap, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality.

    We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack.

    What you see is what you get.

    $72.00

    Pink Ivory (B Squares)
    6-piece pack: B Grade Pink Ivory Turning Squares.Rough Dimensions: 1.5x1.5x12"50% cheaper than our A grade price.Pieces might have wane, sap, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality.We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack. What you see is what you get.
    IVREDSQB2003
    12 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

    $72.00

    Pink Ivory (B Squares)
    IVREDSQB2003
    12 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

    $72.00

    Pink Ivory (B Squares)
    6-piece pack: B Grade Pink Ivory Turning Squares.Rough Dimensions: 1.5x1.5x12"50% cheaper than our A grade price.Pieces might have wane, sap, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality.We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack. What you see is what you get.
    IVREDSQB2002
    12 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

    6-piece pack: B Grade Pink Ivory Turning Squares.

    Rough Dimensions: 1.5×1.5×12″50% cheaper than our A grade price.

    Pieces might have wane, sap, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality.

    We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack.

    What you see is what you get.

    $72.00

    Pink Ivory (B Squares)
    6-piece pack: B Grade Pink Ivory Turning Squares.Rough Dimensions: 1.5x1.5x12"50% cheaper than our A grade price.Pieces might have wane, sap, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality.We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack. What you see is what you get.
    IVREDSQB2002
    12 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

    $72.00

    Pink Ivory (B Squares)
    IVREDSQB2002
    12 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

    $72.00

    Pink Ivory (B Squares)
    6-piece pack: B Grade Pink Ivory Turning Squares.Rough Dimensions: 1.5x1.5x12"50% cheaper than our A grade price.Pieces might have wane, sap, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality.We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack. What you see is what you get.
    IVREDSQB2001
    12 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

    6-piece pack: B Grade Pink Ivory Turning Squares.

    Rough Dimensions: 1.5×1.5×12″50% cheaper than our A grade price.

    Pieces might have wane, sap, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality.

    We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack.

    What you see is what you get.

    $72.00

    Pink Ivory (B Squares)
    6-piece pack: B Grade Pink Ivory Turning Squares.Rough Dimensions: 1.5x1.5x12"50% cheaper than our A grade price.Pieces might have wane, sap, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality.We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack. What you see is what you get.
    IVREDSQB2001
    12 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

    $72.00

    Pink Ivory (B Squares)
    IVREDSQB2001
    12 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

    $72.00

    Pink Ivory (B Squares)
    4-piece pack: B Grade Pink Ivory Turning Squares.Rough Dimensions: 2.0x2.0x12"50% cheaper than our A grade price.Pieces might have wane, sap, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality.We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack. What you see is what you get.
    IVREDSQB1016
    12 × 2 × 2 in

    4-piece pack: B Grade Pink Ivory Turning Squares.

    Rough Dimensions: 2.0×2.0x12″50% cheaper than our A grade price.

    Pieces might have wane, sap, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality.

    We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack.

    What you see is what you get.

    $70.00

    Pink Ivory (B Squares)
    4-piece pack: B Grade Pink Ivory Turning Squares.Rough Dimensions: 2.0x2.0x12"50% cheaper than our A grade price.Pieces might have wane, sap, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality.We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack. What you see is what you get.
    IVREDSQB1016
    12 × 2 × 2 in

    $70.00

    Pink Ivory (B Squares)
    IVREDSQB1016
    12 × 2 × 2 in

    $70.00

    Pink Ivory (B Squares)
    4-piece pack: B Grade Pink Ivory Turning Squares.Rough Dimensions: 2.0x2.0x12"50% cheaper than our A grade price.Pieces might have wane, sap, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality.We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack. What you see is what you get.
    IVREDSQB1015
    12 × 2 × 2 in

    4-piece pack: B Grade Pink Ivory Turning Squares.

    Rough Dimensions: 2.0×2.0x12″50% cheaper than our A grade price.

    Pieces might have wane, sap, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality.

    We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack.

    What you see is what you get.

    $70.00

    Pink Ivory (B Squares)
    4-piece pack: B Grade Pink Ivory Turning Squares.Rough Dimensions: 2.0x2.0x12"50% cheaper than our A grade price.Pieces might have wane, sap, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality.We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack. What you see is what you get.
    IVREDSQB1015
    12 × 2 × 2 in

    $70.00

    Pink Ivory (B Squares)
    IVREDSQB1015
    12 × 2 × 2 in

    $70.00

    Pink Ivory (B Squares)
    4-piece pack: B Grade Pink Ivory Turning Squares.Rough Dimensions: 2.0x2.0x12"50% cheaper than our A grade price.Pieces might have wane, sap, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality.We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack. What you see is what you get.
    IVREDSQB1014
    12 × 2 × 2 in

    4-piece pack: B Grade Pink Ivory Turning Squares.

    Rough Dimensions: 2.0×2.0x12″50% cheaper than our A grade price.

    Pieces might have wane, sap, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality.

    We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack.

    What you see is what you get.

    $70.00

    Pink Ivory (B Squares)
    4-piece pack: B Grade Pink Ivory Turning Squares.Rough Dimensions: 2.0x2.0x12"50% cheaper than our A grade price.Pieces might have wane, sap, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality.We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack. What you see is what you get.
    IVREDSQB1014
    12 × 2 × 2 in

    $70.00

    Pink Ivory (B Squares)
    IVREDSQB1014
    12 × 2 × 2 in

    $70.00

    Pink Ivory (B Squares)
    4-piece pack: B Grade Pink Ivory Turning Squares.Rough Dimensions: 2.0x2.0x12"50% cheaper than our A grade price.Pieces might have wane, sap, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality.We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack. What you see is what you get.
    IVREDSQB1013
    12 × 2 × 2 in

    4-piece pack: B Grade Pink Ivory Turning Squares.

    Rough Dimensions: 2.0×2.0x12″50% cheaper than our A grade price.

    Pieces might have wane, sap, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality.

    We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack.

    What you see is what you get.

    $70.00

    Pink Ivory (B Squares)
    4-piece pack: B Grade Pink Ivory Turning Squares.Rough Dimensions: 2.0x2.0x12"50% cheaper than our A grade price.Pieces might have wane, sap, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality.We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack. What you see is what you get.
    IVREDSQB1013
    12 × 2 × 2 in

    $70.00

    Pink Ivory (B Squares)
    IVREDSQB1013
    12 × 2 × 2 in

    $70.00

    Pink Ivory (B Squares)
    4-piece pack: B Grade Pink Ivory Turning Squares.Rough Dimensions: 2.0x2.0x12"50% cheaper than our A grade price.Pieces might have wane, sap, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality.We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack. What you see is what you get.
    IVREDSQB1005
    12 × 2 × 2 in

    4-piece pack: B Grade Pink Ivory Turning Squares.

    Rough Dimensions: 2.0×2.0x12″50% cheaper than our A grade price.

    Pieces might have wane, sap, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality.

    We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack.

    What you see is what you get.

    $70.00

    Pink Ivory (B Squares)
    4-piece pack: B Grade Pink Ivory Turning Squares.Rough Dimensions: 2.0x2.0x12"50% cheaper than our A grade price.Pieces might have wane, sap, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality.We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack. What you see is what you get.
    IVREDSQB1005
    12 × 2 × 2 in

    $70.00

    Pink Ivory (B Squares)
    IVREDSQB1005
    12 × 2 × 2 in

    $70.00

    Pink Ivory (B Squares)
    4-piece pack: B Grade Pink Ivory Turning Squares.Rough Dimensions: 2.0x2.0x12"50% cheaper than our A grade price.Pieces might have wane, sap, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality.We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack. What you see is what you get.
    IVREDSQB1004
    12 × 2 × 2 in

    4-piece pack: B Grade Pink Ivory Turning Squares.

    Rough Dimensions: 2.0×2.0x12″

    50% cheaper than our A grade price.

    Pieces might have wane, sap, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality.

    We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack.

    What you see is what you get.

    $70.00

    Pink Ivory (B Squares)
    4-piece pack: B Grade Pink Ivory Turning Squares.Rough Dimensions: 2.0x2.0x12"50% cheaper than our A grade price.Pieces might have wane, sap, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality.We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack. What you see is what you get.
    IVREDSQB1004
    12 × 2 × 2 in

    $70.00

    Pink Ivory (B Squares)
    IVREDSQB1004
    12 × 2 × 2 in

    $70.00

    Pink Ivory
    Pith. Checks. Knots.
    IVRED1062
    46.31 × 9.75 × 1.13 in

    Pith. Checks. Knots.

    $373.91

    Pink Ivory
    Pith. Checks. Knots.
    IVRED1062
    46.31 × 9.75 × 1.13 in

    $373.91

    Pink Ivory
    IVRED1062
    46.31 × 9.75 × 1.13 in

    $373.91

    Pink Ivory
    Knots. Checks.
    IVRED1059
    46 × 7.5 × 0.94 in

    Knots. Checks.

    $270.35

    Pink Ivory
    Knots. Checks.
    IVRED1059
    46 × 7.5 × 0.94 in

    $270.35

    Pink Ivory
    IVRED1059
    46 × 7.5 × 0.94 in

    $270.35

    Pink Ivory
    Light checks.
    IVRED1057
    46.75 × 8.5 × 0.75 in

    Light checks.

    $236.16

    Pink Ivory
    Light checks.
    IVRED1057
    46.75 × 8.5 × 0.75 in

    $236.16

    Pink Ivory
    IVRED1057
    46.75 × 8.5 × 0.75 in

    $236.16

    Pink Ivory
    Wormtracks. Deep curl.
    IVRED1056
    46.75 × 8 × 0.94 in

    Wormtracks. Deep curl.

    $295.79

    Pink Ivory
    Wormtracks. Deep curl.
    IVRED1056
    46.75 × 8 × 0.94 in

    $295.79

    Pink Ivory
    IVRED1056
    46.75 × 8 × 0.94 in

    $295.79

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    This South American species is closely related to the domestic Osage Orange.  The lumber it yields is typically a bit cleaner with less defects.  It is pretty hard and dense making it tough on tools, but it turns and finishes well.

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    Tamarind - Spalted

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    It is moderately difficult to work, but turns and finishes well.  Sometimes the rot is more endemic than is obvious from looking at the surface of the lumber result in some wastage (lost pieces).

    Take care to use good dust collection and a dust mask, as the fungal spores add more to the air than dust alone.

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    Chakte Viga

    This vibrant Central America wood can features primary colors ranging from orange to golden brown (with gold, red and sometimes even green accent coloration). It is thought to be the closest relative to Brazilwood (famous for its use in stringed-instrument bows), and Chakte Viga shares many of the same acoustic properties. Grains are straight, but sometimes interlocked — otherwise, this wood works easily, and finishes well. It has a fine texture and excellent natural luster. Sap is a pale off-white to pale yellow.

    Chakte Viga is a wood that has been starting to emerge from relative obscurity over the last decade or so, being one of the lesser-known and -demanded woods from the tropical Central America region. We feel it has a huge untapped potential as a guitar tonewood, as well as in fine furniture production in the US. The wood has some very subtle aesthetics, sometimes exhibiting a 3D-like shimmering chatoyance after being finished with clear lacquer.

    Common Uses:
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    Longhi

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    The wood must be carefully dried, as it is susceptible to fungus. It is considered to be moderately durable, and moderately stable. Longhi has a solid strength-to-weight ratio, which makes it a popular choice for flooring and decking.

    Common Uses:
    cabinetry, decking, flooring, furniture
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    Birch - Yellow

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    Red Alder is usually sold in two different grades: knotty, and clear. Clear grades are most desired by cabinet and furniture crafters. Many such tradesmen compare the wood’s cooperative disposition to that of Black Cherry.

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