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Desert Ironwood Burl

lat. Olneya tesota
Ironwood Burr

Desert Ironwood Burl

Desert Ironwood (Olneya tesota)The desert ironwood (Olneya tesota) is probably the hardest and heaviest timber worldwide. Since its density is much greater than that of water, it does not float but sinks immediately. It is found only in the Sonoran Desert in northern Mexico, southern California, and southwestern Arizona. Desert ironwood trees grow very slowly and can readily reach up to 1500 years of age. They can reach up to 35 feet tall with trunks about 2 feet across. Due to the hot and dry climate, they are experts at water-conservation, but also extremely sensitive to frost.
The wood is much loved by knife makers not just for its extreme hardness, but also because of its beauty. The burl variant is another much sought-after product without parallel.

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