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PRECIOUS AND RARE TURNERY WOODS
PINK IVORY– WILD OLIVE – SANDALWOOD – AFRICAN BLACKWOOD – MOPANE - AND OTHER SPECIE UNDER REVIEW

The demand for exotic turnery woods has increased significantly in the past two years, in first place from the United States and some European countries.

Concerning European markets, we are still looking for additional partners, capable of introducing and promoting these precious and rare woods with the numerous craftsmen, turners, carvers, joiners, artists, designers and companies of relevance.

Tonewood

Our offer for pen blanks, spindles and blocs includes the following specie:

  • Pink ivory, berchimia zeyheri
  • Wild olive, olea africana
  • Sandalwood, also called tamboti, spirostachys africana
  • African Blackwood, dalbergia melanoxylon
  • Mopane, colophospermum mopane

 Other rare specie are presently tested, among others:

  • Leadwood, combretum imberbe
  • Ironwood, swartia madagascarensis
  • Chacate, guibourtia conjugata
  • King Palissandre, dalbergia graveana

The investigation of new species is a slow and staged process which must take into account several limitative factors, namely:

  • The availability of cutting permits from the relevant authorities,
  • The qualitatively and quantitatively sufficient availability,
  • The positive opinion expressed by our leading wholesalers, regarding the potential of these new species.

Tonewood

(From left to right: Mopane, Pink ivory, Sandalwood, African Blackwood, Wild olive.)

Our range of rare exotic woods enables colour combination, an added advantage.

South African residents can visit our show-room, where a wide range of exotic woods are displayed as turnery squares, spindles and bowl blanks.

Tonewood

(From left to right: turnery squares of mopane, wild olive, African Blackwood, Pink ivory, Sandalwood and Leadwood. )

Features and uses of our exotic and rare woods

Pink ivory offers distinctive shades of red colour that are liked and sought after by turners the world over, the more so as it opens many business opportunities in decoration, jewellery, inlays and marquetry, respectively for the making of pens and fountain pens, luxury holders, walking sticks, golf putters, billiard cues, jewellery boxes, music and cigar boxes, decorative fruits, salad bowls, pepper mills, etc. 

Pink ivory

Wild olive is characterised by its dark, strongly marked and tortuous grain. It is an ideal wood for modern and antic carvings, the turning of pen and fountain pens blanks, paper cutters, candlesticks, smoking pipes, coasters for bottle and water jars, jewellery and cigar boxes and grand-father’s clock faces.

Wild olive

The sandalwood has a very distinctive darkish brown colour, and a lasting pleasant smell. It is appreciated for its glossy finish after polishing. This wood is used for small furniture, painting and picture frames, knives handles and decorative fruits. 

sandalwood

The African Blackwood is extremely stable, dense and rigid, even in extreme climatic conditions. It is free of porosity and perfectly black after polishing. It is successfully used for billiard cues, walking stick, door knobs and handles, cutlery handles, cross of handguns and hunting rifles, inlays and marquetry work, rosaries and church items, carvings and sculptures, components of musical instruments and wind-orgels, etc.

African Blackwood

Mopane is available in large spindles and bowl blanks. It has an outstanding stability and high density, which make it very suitable for table feet, balustrades, Shepard walking sticks, vessels, dishes and decorative fruits. 

Mopane

 

STANDARD DIMENSIONS AVAILABLE AS PEN BLANKS / TURNERY  SQUARES / SPINDLES AND BOWL BLANKS

The following table should be of interest to importer-wholesalers and teachers of turnery. Highlighted therein are the most popular sizes and uses thereof.

On request, a pricing Excell worksheet simulates any order by species, dimensions, volume, prices and value.

Turning squares in mm in dm3  Common Turnery items 
1/2 x 1/2 x 6 13 x 13 x 152 0.026 Ball-point pens, guitar bridges
1/2 x 1/2 x 12 13 x 13 x 305 0.052 Weaving needles
3/4 x 3/4 x 6 20 x 20 x 152 0.062 Fountain pens, pawns chess board
3/4 x 3/4 x 12 20 x 20 x 305 0.124 Weaving needles
1 x 1 x 4 26 x 26 x 100 0.066 Cutlery handles (in two sections), pegs violin
1 x 1 x 5 26 x 26 x 125 0.082 Handles of pocket knifes, piano keys
1 x 1 x 6 26 x 26 x 150 0.098 Chess figures
1 x 1 x 7 26 x 26 x 175 0.118  
1 x 1 x 8 26 x 26 x 200 0.131 Rulers, Inlays
1 x 1 x 10 26 x 26 x 250 0.164 Letter openers
1 x 1 x 12 26 x 26 x 305 0.197 Rulers, Inlays
1 x 1 x 14 26 x 26 x 355 0.229  
1 x 1 x 16 26 x 26 x 406 0.262 Picture frames
11/4 x ¼ x 4 35 x 35 x 100 0.123 Handles of pocket knives
11/4 x 11/4 x 5 35 x 35 x 125 0.153 Handles of pocket knives
11/4 x 11/4 x 6 35 x 35 x 150 0.184 Inlays
11/4 x 11/4 x 7 35 x 35 x 175 0.214  
11/4 x ¼ x 8 35 x 35 x 200 0.245 Inlays
11/4 x 11/4 x 12 35 x 35 x 305 0.392 Lamp stands
11/4 x 11/4 x 16 35 x 35 x 406 0.497 Parts of the billiard cues
11/2 x 11/2 x 4 38 x 38 x 100 0.144 Sport knives, solid cutlery handle, pegs for viola and cello
11/2 x 11/2 x 5 38 x 38 x 125 0.181 Salt & pepper shaker, candle sticks,
11/2 x 11/2 x 6 38 x 38 x 150 0.217 Candle sticks
11/2 x ½ x 7 38 x 38 x 175 0.253 Jewellery parts
11/2 x 11/2 x 8 38 x 38 x 200 0.289 Candle sticks
11/2 x 11/2 x 10 38 x 38 x 250 0.369 Part of the billiard cues
11/2 x 11/2 x 12 38 x 38 x 310 0.442 Church Candle holders
11/2 x 11/2 x 14 38 x 38 x 350 0.516 Part of the billiard cues
11/2 x 11/2 x 15 38 x 38 x 385 0.556 Lamp stands
11/2 x 11/2 x 16 38 x 38 x 410 0.590 Billiard cues
11/2 x 11/2 x 18 38 x 38 x 457 0.660 Billiard cues
11/2 x 11/2 x 19 38 x 38 x 483 0.697 Billiard cues
13/4 x 13/4 x 4 47 x 47 x 100 0.221 Small size pepper mills
13/4 x 13/4 x 6 47 x 47 x 160 0.353 Cigarette filters
13/4 x 1 3/4 x 12 47 x 47 x 310 0.685 Lamp stands
2 x 2 x 4 50 x 50 x 100 0.262 Door knobs, serviette rings, pegs double bass
2 x 2 x 6 50 x 50 x 150 0.393 Door handles, Mid size pepper mills
2 x 2 x 8 50 x 50 x 205 0.513  
2 x 2 x 12 50 x 50 x 310 0.775 Lamp stands
2 x 2 x 18 50 x 50 x 457 1.143 Lamp stands
21/2 x 21/2 x 12 65 x 65 x 300 1.229 Stool legs
3 x 3 x 4 76 x 76 x 100 0.578 Smoking pipes
3 x 3 x 12 76 x 76 x 300 1.770 Stool legs
3 x 3 x 18 76 x 76 x 457 2.640 Table legs
4 x 4 x 12 100 x 100 x 300 3.150 Large pepper mills
4 x 4 x 18 100 x 100 x 457 4.57 Table legs
Bowl blanks
4 x 4 x 2 100 x 100 x 50 0.500 Coasters
5 x 5 x 2 125 x 125 x 50 0.819 Coasters
5 x 5 x 3 125 x 125 x 75 1.229 Salad bowls
6 x 6 x 1.5 150 x 150 x 38 0.885 Coasters
6 x 6 x 2 150 x 150 x 50 1.180 Salad bowls, lamp foot
6 x 6 x 2.5 150 x 150 x 65 1.475 Salad bowls
6 x 6 x 3 150 x 150 x 76 1.770 Salad bowls
6 x 6 x 4 150 x 150 x 100 2.360 Cigar boxes
8 x 8 x 2 200 x 200 x 50 2.098 Jewellery boxes
8 x 8 x 3 200 x 200 x 76 3.146 Music boxes, fruit bowls
8 x 8 x 4 200 x 200 x 100 4.195 Clock faces, fruit bowls

 

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