Wood Profile: Snakewood


Snakewood is an incredibly beautiful, extremely rare and precious wood most suitable for binding or bridges. It is hard, oily, stiff, and highly figured in a way that truly evokes snakes.

Latin Name: piratinera guianensis

Origin: South America

Tone Profile: Not commonly used as a tonewood. Used more frequently for embellishment, bindings and bridges.

Aesthetics: Dark red to reddish brown with irregular black speckles or stripes.

Trivia / Fact: The latin name for snakewood literally means Guiana sea pirate. Considered by experts to be the World’s rarest commercially available species

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