Latin: Brosimum guianense Origin: Coastal Northern South America
Snakewood is the most expensive woods in the world. It only grows along the coastal area in northern South America. The tree is very small and has a high waste factor when cutting. It is dark reddish brown with darker brown to black patches, dinstinguished by a unique snake skin grain pattern. It is typically priced according to the level of figure with very highly figured pieces costing more. Figure is often only visible on one or two sides of a piece.
Snakewood is very heavy and dense, and is very brittle. It does turn very well and finishes with a high sheen. We carry this in small turning stock sizes, knife blanks and fingerboards for musical instruments.
Check out an old video below of Rocky's where he explains the differences in the grade of snakewood.
Fine even texture, high luster
Straight, distinguished by light to heavy snake skin pattern
Deep reddish brown with darker contrasting brown or black patches