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Question:

Would you tell me more about ivory wood and grapia wood? Thank you!

Carol

Answer:



Dear Carol

Grapia is botanically named Apuleia leiocarpa and Apoleya leiocarpa, and several others. It is grown in South America. And that's all I know right now.

Ivorywood is grown in Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil, and is also called Marfin, Pau Liso, and Guantambu. It's a medium sized tree never more than 8 feet.

Ivorywood is nearly white or pale yellow-brown, with little grain contrast. Mostly straight grain, with a fine even texture, and no distinctive odor. It is fairly dense from .65 to .73 depending on where it's grown (only a little less dense than oak). It is non resinous so it should finish quite well. And sanding should not be too difficult, as this wood is not over hard. A good substitute for maple or birch.

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