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Snakewood, letterwood, leopard wood, speckled wood, amourette
SPECIFIC GRAVITY: .82 - 1.3
DENSITY: 81 lbs./cu.ft.
TANGENTIAL MOVEMENT: 9%
RADIAL MOVEMENT: 6%
SOURCE: Central and tropical South America
Extremely heavy, hard and strong wood. Heartwood is reddish brown with speckles of black appearing as hieroglyphics or snakeskin markings. Straight grain. Texture fine and even. Snakewood is brittle and splits easily. Very smooth when finished; has natural polish. Used for umbrella handles, walking sticks, caskets, fancy items, cabinets.