Knife Block Snakewood - Snake0370

Knife Block Snakewood - Snake0370Knife Block Snakewood - Snake0370Knife Block Snakewood - Snake0370Knife Block Snakewood - Snake0370
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Snakewood (Piratinera guianense) comes mainly from Surinam or Guyana, but it is found along the entire northern coast of South America and up to Mexico. The name undoubtedly comes from its snakeskin-like appearance. It is undoubtedly one of the most expensive woods on the world market. Unfortunately the wood is famous for its cracking, especially when stored, and it is virtually impossible to predict if it will happen. Unfortunately, it's also not preventable. Please consider this when working with it! Snakewood does not tolerate major fluctuations in temperature, which will almost certainly be rewarded with cracking. Take care when grinding the wood and seal any exposed grain as soon as possible. So, why would anyone choose to work with such a stubborn wood? I think the main reason has to be its beauty.
The wood is extremely dense, very hard, and very heavy.
It is mainly used for decorative purposes, such as for knife, umbrella, or walking stick handles, and in instrument making, in particular for bows for stringed musical instruments.

Dimensions: approx. 125 x 40 x 30 mm
You will get the shown piece!

The piece is dry and can be processed immediately

The handle block is sanded and coated with a layer of shellac.
This allows you to see exactly the color you will obtain.

The dense and short fibers of snakewood make it particularly difficult to work. This is further complicated by its notorious tendency to crack, particularly when exposed to high temperatures. Take care when sanding and keep the temperature down. Hairline cracks are also common in snakewood when under tension. Seal any grain surfaces as soon as possible. You can usually fill any cracks quite well with low-viscosity cyanoacrylate (superglue) and wood dust.

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