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Black Limba
Black Limba
Black Limba (aka Limba, White Limba, Korina & Afara) is a light yellowish to golden brown, sometimes with grey to nearly black streaks and veins. Wood with such darker figuring is referred to as Black Limba, while plain unfigured wood is called White Limba.

Primary Origin: Tropical Western Africa
Appx weight (1" dia x 37" long unbuilt shaft only): 12 oz
Janka Hardness: 670 lbf
Rupture Strength: 12,510 lbf/in2
Elasticity: 1,520,000 lbf/in2
Crushing Strength: 6,580 lbf/in2
Endangered Species: No
Status: In Stock
Basic Price: $48.00
(Price shown includes Brass Top, Shaft & HD Rubber Tip)

Cumaru
Cumaru
Cumaru (aka Brazilian Teak and Tonka Bean) tends to be a medium to dark brown, sometimes with a reddish or purplish hue; some pieces may have streaks of yellowish or greenish brown. It is extremely stiff, strong, and hard, lending itself well to a variety of applications. It is sometimes used in place of the much more scarce Lignum Vitae.

Primary Origin: Northern South America
Appx weight (1" dia x 37" long unbuilt shaft only): 27 oz
Janka Hardness: 3,330 lbf
Rupture Strength: 25,390 lbf/in2
Elasticity: 3,237,000 lbf/in2
Crushing Strength: 13,850 lbf/in2
Endangered Species: No
Status: In Stock
Basic Price: $52.00
(Price shown includes Brass Top, Shaft & HD Rubber Tip)

Hickory
Hickory
Hickory (aka Shagbark Hickory) is very dense and has good shock resistance and steam-bending properties. Sands, turns, stains, and polishes well.

Primary Origin: Eastern United States
Appx weight (1" dia x 37" long unbuilt shaft only): 20 oz
Janka Hardness: 1,880 lbf
Rupture Strength: 20,200 lbf/in2
Elasticity: 2,160,000 lbf/in2
Crushing Strength: 9,210 lbf/in2
Endangered Species: No
Status: In Stock
Basic Price: $65.00
(Price shown includes Brass Top, Shaft & HD Rubber Tip)

IPE
IPE
Ipe (aka Brazilian Walnut and Lapacho) is from Central and South America. It can vary in color from a reddish brown, to a more yellowish olive brown, to a dark blackish brown; sometimes with contrasting darker brown/black stripes. It can be difficult to distinguish visually from Cumaru, another dense South American timber, though Ipe tends to be darker.

Primary Origin: Central / South America
Appx weight (1" dia x 37" long unbuilt shaft only): 27 oz
Janka Hardness: 3,510 lbf
Rupture Strength: 25,660 lbf/in2
Elasticity: 3,200,000 lbf/in2
Crushing Strength: 13,600 lbf/in2
Endangered Species: Yes
Status: In Stock
Basic Price: $67.00
(Price shown includes Brass Top, Shaft & HD Rubber Tip)

King Cocobolo
King Cocobolo
Cocobolo (aka Cocobola & Cocabola) is an exotic wood native to Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua, and is favored for custom pool cues, fine furniture and cabinetry, inlays, and musical instruments. The wood is very durable and strong, with a fine texture. It is extremely beautiful, ranging in color from dark red to reddish brown, with an irregular grain pattern. Cocobolo has fantastic working characteristics, making it a favorite for turning and carving, and finishes very smoothly.

Primary Origin: Central America
Appx weight (1" dia x 37" long unbuilt shaft only): 27 oz
Janka Hardness: 2,960 lbf
Rupture Strength: 22,910 lbf/in2
Elasticity: 2,712,000 lbf/in2
Crushing Strength: 11,790 lbf/in2
Endangered Species: Yes
Status: In Stock
Basic Price: $167.00
(Price shown includes Brass Top, Shaft & HD Rubber Tip)

Mesquite
Mesquite
Mesquite tends to be a reddish brown, which darkens with age.

Primary Origin: Southwest America
Appx weight (1" dia x 37" long unbuilt shaft only): 20 oz
Janka Hardness: 2,340 lbf
Rupture Strength: (Data Not Available)
Elasticity: (Data Not Available)
Crushing Strength: (Data Not Available)
Endangered Species: No
Status: Not Available
Basic Price: $84.00
(Price shown includes Brass Top, Shaft & HD Rubber Tip)

Osage Orange
Osage Orange
Osage Orange (aka Horse Apple, Hedge Apple & Bois d'arc) is an exotic wood from South America that is very dense. It is popular for turnery, handles, musical instruments and custom bows.

Primary Origin: South / Central United States
Appx weight (1" dia x 37" long unbuilt shaft only): 23 oz
Janka Hardness: 2,760 lbf
Rupture Strength: 18,650 lbf/in2
Elasticity: 1,689,000 lbf/in2
Crushing Strength: 9,380 lbf/in2
Endangered Species: No
Status: In Stock
Basic Price: $60.00
(Price shown includes Brass Top, Shaft & HD Rubber Tip)

Padauk
Padauk
Padauk (aka Vermillion) is an exotic wood that is a bright orange or almost crimson wood when freshly cut, but oxidizes to a darker, rich purple-brown over time - although it stays redder than Indian Rosewood. Slightly harder and heavier than Indian Rosewood it is a good wood in all respects - stable, and easy to work with. It often grows in small groups and is reported to be common in dense equatorial rain forests.

Primary Origin: Tropical Central Africa
Appx weight (1" dia x 37" long unbuilt shaft only): 27 oz
Janka Hardness: 1,630 lbf
Rupture Strength: 16,830 lbf/in2
Elasticity: 1,754,000 lbf/in2
Crushing Strength: 8,130 lbf/in2
Endangered Species: No
Status: In Stock
Basic Price: $57.00
(Price shown includes Brass Top, Shaft & HD Rubber Tip)

Purpleheart
Purpleheart
When Purpleheart (aka Amaranth) is freshly cut the heartwood is a dull grayish/purplish brown. Upon exposure the wood becomes a deeper eggplant purple. With further age and exposure to UV light, the wood becomes a dark brown with a hint of purple. This color-shift can be slowed and minimized by using a UV inhibiting finish on the wood.

Primary Origin: Mexico / Southern Brazil
Appx weight (1" dia x 37" long unbuilt shaft only): 25 oz
Janka Hardness: 2,390 lbf
Rupture Strength: 22,000 lbf/in2
Elasticity: 2,937,000 lbf/in2
Crushing Strength: 12,140 lbf/in2
Endangered Species: No
Status: In Stock
Basic Price: $66.00
(Price shown includes Brass Top, Shaft & HD Rubber Tip)

Shedua
Shedua
Shedua (aka Ovangkol) has varying shades of yellowish to reddish brown with darker brown, gray, or black stripes. Moderately wide sapwood is a pale yellow, clearly demarcated from heartwood. Sometimes seen with a curly or mottled grain pattern. It is very similar in appearance to Tropical Olivewood.

Primary Origin: Tropical West Africa
Appx weight (1" dia x 37" long unbuilt shaft only): 20 oz
Janka Hardness: 1,330 lbf
Rupture Strength: 20,350 lbf/in2
Elasticity: 2,701,000 lbf/in2
Crushing Strength: 9,320 lbf/in2
Endangered Species: No
Status: Not Available
Basic Price: $60.00
(Price shown includes Brass Top, Shaft & HD Rubber Tip)

Wenge
Wenge
Wenge is dark enough to be used as a substitute for ebony. It is medium brown, sometimes with a reddish or yellowish hue, with nearly black streaks. Upon application of a wood finish (particularly an oil finish) the wood can become nearly black.

Primary Origin: Central Africa
Appx weight (1" dia x 37" long unbuilt shaft only): 23 oz
Janka Hardness: 1,930 lbf
Rupture Strength: 21,990 lbf/in2
Elasticity: 2,550,000 lbf/in2
Crushing Strength: 11,710 lbf/in2
Endangered Species: Yes
Status: In Stock
Basic Price: $69.00
(Price shown includes Brass Top, Shaft & HD Rubber Tip)

Yellowheart
Yellowheart
Yellowheart (aka Pau Amarello) is from Brazil. It can color range from pale to golden yellow, darkening only slightly with age.

Primary Origin: Brazil
Appx weight (1" dia x 37" long unbuilt shaft only): 19 oz
Janka Hardness: 1,790 lbf
Rupture Strength: 16,810 lbf/in2
Elasticity: 2,413,000 lbf/in2
Crushing Strength: 10,080 lbf/in2
Endangered Species: No
Status: Not Available
Basic Price: $74.00
(Price shown includes Brass Top, Shaft & HD Rubber Tip)

Zebrawood
Zebrawood
Zebrawood (aka Zebrano) is an exotic wood native to the Western African countries of Cameroon and Gabon. It is a hard wood, with a medium to coarse texture. The Zebra-like appearance is due to the light colored sapwood in contrast with the dark colored grain. Zebrawood is excellent for wood turning, veneer, furniture, pens, and knife handles. It works and finishes fairly, and has good gluing properties.

Primary Origin: West Africa
Appx weight (1" dia x 37" long unbuilt shaft only): 22 oz
Janka Hardness: 2,097 lbf
Rupture Strength: 17,800 lbf/in2
Elasticity: 2,374,000 lbf/in2
Crushing Strength: 9,210 lbf/in2
Endangered Species: No
Status: Not Available
Basic Price: $75.00
(Price shown includes Brass Top, Shaft & HD Rubber Tip)

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