Pipes By Jim
ORIGIN: CENTRAL AMERICA
Cocobolo is an exotic wood native to Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua, and is favored for custom pool cues, fine furniture and cabinetry, inlays, and musical instruments. The wood is very durable and strong, with a fine texture. It is extremely beautiful, ranging in color from dark red to reddish brown, with an irregular grain pattern
ORIGIN: WEST AFRICA
Padauk is an exotic wood that is a bright orange or almost crimson wood when freshly cut, but oxidizes to a darker, rich purple-brown over time - although it stays redder than Indian Rosewood. Slightly harder and heavier than Indian Rosewood it is a good wood in all respects - stable, and easy to work with. It often grows in small groups and is reported to be common in dense equatorial rain forests.
This first section of woods were given to me by a cousin. It was reclaimed in the 1980’s from a company that made electric guitar’s. Most were small pieces but large enough to make a pipe bowl or pipe stem.
I feel very fortunate to have this selection of beautiful exotic woods.
Wenge is an exotic wood with a natural growth range of the species is reported to be the open forests of Zaire, Cameroon, Gabon, the southern regions of Tanzania, and Mozambique. It is also found in the swampy forests of the Congo region. Wenge is reported to be a suitable substitute for Hickory for the production of sporting goods. It is moderately hard and resistant to wearing and marring. Strength qualities in compression parallel to grain are exceptionally high.
ORIGIN: SOUTH AMERICA
Lacewood is an exotic wood that is light reddish-brown, and is reported to be similar in color to Beech (Fagus). Plain European plane and Lacewood (obtained from highly figured, quartered plane) are reported to be often chemically treated to produce a form of Harewood, in which the background color becomes silver gray, but the broad rays retain their original color
Bubinga is often referred to as “African Rosewood” because of is resemblance to Rosewood. This wood is commonly used in fine furniture and cabinetwork, decorative veneers, fancy turnery, and inlay work
Common Names, Morado, Bolivian Rosewood, Santos RosewoodTropical South America (mainly Brazil and Bolivia
ORIGIN: Paraguay, Bolivia, Uruguay, Argentina, and parts of Brazil.
COMMON NAMES: Brazilian Hickory, Brazilian Pecan, and Macchiato Pecan
The grain of Guajuvira is fairly straight with a vibrant irregular pattern and a fine texture. The species has a hardness rating of 3540, which is almost twice as hard as North American Hickory.
Flooring wood scraps collected From Planet Hardwood
Ipe Brazilian Walnut
ORIGIN: SOUTH AMERICA, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay
Common Names, Tiete Rosewood, Patagonian Cherry
Sirari Rosewood (Guibourtia hymenaeifolia) is a hard dense hardwood that has a straight grain and a medium to fine uniform texture. Its orange to pinkish-brown color tends to darken and redden as it ages.
ORIGIN: Ipe comes from the Tabebuia Tree, which is native to the American tropics and subtropics from Mexico and the Caribbean to Argentina.
COMMON NAMES: Brazilian Walnut