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Desert Ironwood (Botanical: Olneya tesota)

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woodworking characteristicsDesert Ironwood Characteristics

Olneya tesota is one of the densest and most stable woods known. It is so dense that it will not float in water, and so hard that it has been used for bearings. It's hardness and color variety means it yeilds extremely attractive appearance and finishes beautifully. Due to its hardness and tree size the pieces are small.

color of Desert IronwoodColor Range

Ironwood is deep chocolate-brown, almost black, mottled with yellowish-red.

other names for Desert IronwoodOther Names

Desert ironwood, Arizona ironwood, palo de hierro, tesota, palo de fierro, palofierro, Sonora ironwood

uses for Desert IronwoodSome Typical Uses

Handles, jewelry, carvings, accents, decorative projects, boxes, hand craft.

the Desert Ironwood treeWhat's the Tree Like?

If you've ever seen the tree, you'll know why the pieces are always small. The Desert Ironwood is a typical desert tree, which reaches a non-plussing height of 25 feet with a short thick trunk that is up to 18 inches in diameter. It's rarely straight, growing with all manner of twists and turns.

where Desert Ironwood growsDesert Ironwood grows in

Southwest U.S. and northern Mexico

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