Snakewood ~ Exotic Turning Wood

Did you know that Snakewood is one of the world’s most rare species, only growing in a small region in the north part of South America. It is named snakewood due to the remarkable resemblance to a real snake’s skin. Snakewood is extremely heavy, hard and strong. Heartwood is reddish brown with speckles of black appearing as hieroglyphics or snakeskin markings. Snakewood has a straight grain and fine, even texture. Snakewood is brittle and splits easily. Very smooth when finished; has a natural polish.

As a rare and small tree, prices for surfaced and milled Snakewood that display the characteristic snakeskin pattern are perhaps the most expensive of any exotic lumber worldwide in terms of per-boardfoot cost. Less figured sections of the wood are usually sold for much lower prices. Snakewood is also commonly sold in full and half log forms.

One look at a highly figured piece of Brosimum guianense and it’s easy to see why it’s called Snakewood: the dramatic specks and splotches bear a close resemblance to the skin of a snake. Such figuring can be so pronounced that it has been compared to the writing of hieroglyphics, and is sometimes called Letterwood. In addition to its colorful figure, Snakewood is also among the densest and hardest of all wood species worldwide. Among woodworkers, it vies with Lignum Vitae as the heaviest wood in the world.

We have just received more Snakewood into our facility, and we have plenty to go around!  We have 1.5 x 1.5 x 12 and 1.5 x 1.5 x 18’s available, but these sizes will go fast, so order while you can!  In addition, we have marked our other sizes down by 25%!!  Take a look at our Snakewood page today to place your order!

Featured SnakewoodFeatured Snakewood-3Featured Snakewood-4