Top 10 most expensive WOOD in the WORLD! Pink ivory, lignum vitae and BOCOTE!

Anyone who has had a wooden floor installed or purchased a piece of log furniture will know how expensive handcrafted wooden items can be. Most log furniture is crafted from timbers such as pine, cedar, or even oak or walnut (which are generally more expensive to purchase) and usually look amazing. But there are even more stunning timbers that are both beautiful and incredibly expensive. Here, you will find a list of the Top 10 most expensive WOOD in the WORLD! These would all make incredible log furniture!

On the list at number 10 is African blackwood, which is a flowering plant native to Africa, from Senegal to Eritrea, as well as Transvaal in South Africa. As a timber species, it is very important in its native areas since it is used to manufacture musical instruments (such as clarinets, oboes, piccolos and Highland and Northumbrian pipes) and fine log furniture. Unfortunately, populations are being threatened by over-harvesting of this beautiful timber and due to poor/absent conservation planning and the species low germination rate, as well as its small size (typically only 4 to 15 meters tall). This dense and lustrous wood ranges from a reddish color to pure black and good quality African blackwood commands high prices on the commercial timber market.

Almost halfway up the list at number 6 is Pink Ivory. This wood is extremely stunning and looks exactly how you might think. Also called Red Ivory or umnini, this is another African wood used to make a variety of log furniture and other products, including billiard cues and knife handles. Pink ivory grows mainly in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and can also be found in South Africa. Due to its dwindling numbers, this tree is protected and only felled by limited permit. Until 1879 only members of the royal family were allowed to possess it, until the Anglo-Zulu War (according to rumor, non-royals caught with Pink Ivory log furniture or other items would be put to death). Another benefit is that this tree provides drupe fruit that is delicious to taste. But wood from this tree comes with a very hefty price tag due to its limited quantities.

Another interesting and expensive wood is Peltogyne, also known as Purple Heart, which are native to tropical regions of Central and South America where they grow in tropical rain-forests. These trees are appreciated for the beautiful heartwood which, when cut, quickly turns from dark brown to a rich purple color. Purple Heart is dense and water-resistant and is ranked one of the hardest woods in the world. It is durable and can be used as truck decking, or for other applications that require toughness. Due to overharvesting, this once abundant species is also endangered, which has increased its value and price.

At the very top of this list of Top 10 most expensive WOOD in the WORLD! is Bocote, or Cordia, which is found worldwide, though mostly in warmer regions. Many of the cordia trees are fragrant and showy and are very popular in gardens. It is especially prized for making log furniture and fancy doors in Central and South America and is sometimes used as wood for making the backs and sides on acoustic guitars. Rather than being expensive due to its low quantity, this wood is heralded for its beautiful and unique appearance and makes very stunning and interesting log furniture.

While log furniture made from timbers such as pine and walnut can be beautiful and unique, much of the log furniture we purchase and utilize is made from common types of wood. It is uncommon to find log furniture made from African blackwood, Pink Ivory or any of the other woods on this list including Bubinga, Dalbergia, and Lignum Vitae - because of their limited quantities and high prices. But if you happen to have log furniture made from these woods, you have a rare and valuable piece and should count yourself lucky!


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