BOTANIC NAME: Piratinera Guianensis
COMMOM NAMES: Snakewood, Amourette.
ORIGIN: South America
DESCRIPTION: Density 1210 Kg/m3. Reddish brown, with contrasting darker brown or black patches. Colour tends to darken and homogenize with age. Grain is straight, with a fine even texture. High natural luster.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Snakewood is extremely dense, and has a pronounced blunting effect on cutters. Snakewood also tends to be quite brittle and can splinter easily while being worked. Turns well and finishes to a high polish.
DRYING: Drying speed is slow. Risk of deformation.
USES: Inlay, veneer, violin bows, tool handles, and other small turned or specialty objects.