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Origin of Wood Type:
South America
Botanical Name:
Piratinera guianensis
Specific Gravity:
Avg. Weight Per BF (?):
Color Range:
Red- Brown- Black
Rarity / Availability: (?):
Typical Avg. Width:
2" to 8"
Typical Avg. Length:
2' to 6' feet
Avg. Waste Factor (?):

Wood Uses:

Violin Bows, Wood Turning, Inlaying, Veneer and many other uses!
lumber Grades (?):

Select and Better, Flitch, Billets, Turning Blocks

Other Trade Names:

Letterwood, Amourette, Bourra Courra, Leopard Wood, Speckled Wood, Letterhout, Polo Do Oro


Snakewood or letterwood is one of the most exotic woods in the world.  Named for the pattern found on the face of the boards Snakewood has one of the most unique figure patterns.
*Used for violin bows
*Very dense
*One of the most expensive lumbers, often sold by the pound or kilo

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