Desert Ironwood is a highly chatoyant wood that grows across the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. It's color ranges from an orange-yellow to a darker red or brown, with darker violet to black streaks. Grain can be wild or gnarly, and the wood is very dense. Sealant is recommended after finishing.
Blocks measure approximately 5" x 1-3/4" x 1". Bookmatching scales are sold as a pair, each being approximately 5" x 1-3/4" x 3/8". Pen blanks are approximately 5" x 3/4" x 3/4"
Additional photos are used for illustration purposes. Actual item sold is ONE block, or one PAIR of scales, or ONE pen blank.
Every single piece of Ironwood is unique. No two blocks, scales, or pen blanks are identical.
This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. However, Desert Ironwood (known as palo fierro in Spanish) is considered a protected species in Mexico due to exploitation and a diminishing natural habitat.