|Lignum Vitae Floors
Lignum Vitae is dubbed “ironwood,” because it is one of the heaviest and densest woods around. It is an exotic wood native to the West Indies and South America. It is important for uses requiring strength, weight and hardness like for building mallet heads, bearings and rollers. In addition to its use in carvings, it is used for ship bearings and flooring materials. The lignum vitae tree can grow to a diameter of about 12 inches wide. When freshly cut, it exudes a reddish brown color but deepens to an olive green or blackish color when exposed to oxygen. Because of its density, it can be difficult to work with, however it has natural lubricating properties which makes it polish really well.
Appearance: the heartwood color ranges from dark greenish brown to black reddish brown while the sapwood is a pale yellow.
Grain: slight interlocked grain that is difficult to work with.
Characteristics: durable, hard, dense with natural lubricating properties.
Janka Hardness: 4500
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