Looking for Ironwood burl

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Forum topic by Maïgan posted 07-02-2010 12:21 PM 1328 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-02-2010 12:21 PM

Hello everybody,

I’m living in the North of France, a little village with a castle, a church, many fields, trees and grass. We like, with our friends to drink a very good wine and to be together often to drink and to eat goods products….
This is the good way of life…. Our door is allway open, if someone of you make trip in France you can phone me and I promise you a good evening with all the best of France…!!

SO….. I’m knifemaker and I’m looking for Ironwood burl to make handles for me and few of my friends. I know differents dealers in US, but the prices of a little block is more over of a petrol barrel….
I want to work directly with a sawmill or people who got directly interesting trees.
I’m interested by a good quantity.

regards to everybody

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#1 posted 07-02-2010 01:56 PM

The name “Ironwood” is attached to several different woods. For example, Lignum Vitae, which grows in South America, is often called “Ironwood”. There are also a few other woods that are called “ironwood”.

If you are talking about Lignum Vitae, there would be no sawmills in the US. I know less about the other ironwoods but I know they exist.

If possible, it would be good if you could be a little more specific about the actual wood you are looking for.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 07-02-2010 03:09 PM

Little precision:
The wood I’m looking for : OLNEYA TESOTA from desert of Arizona and Sonora

We can find many dealers of this wood in US and Europe, they make sets of scales and blocks for cutlery.
There’s obligatory someone somewhere who buy the trees in the desert and sale after big blocks for us and after we cut then to make our scales and blocks…
This is all the story… if you know something where to find a wholesaler of fine ironwood….???

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#3 posted 07-02-2010 04:18 PM

I ran into about 100 lbs here a few months ago and this is what I have left. There is no burl left I am stingy and used it already. I have a few 1 inch thick small boards that I am keeping for my personal use but I think the could be some nice scales as they have alot of curl and color, they came from a tree that was over 150 years old and also had several lead slugs buried in them from long ago.
There is a website called and I think the prices are a good for the normal person.


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