This hand turned Snakewood plate is approximately 12" inch wide. The wood grain in the piece is remarkable. Snakewood is the second most compicated wood that I have ever turned. The piece is finished with walnut oil. This will be shipped to you in a gift box with the plate inside a soft Muslin cotton bag. All of our bowls are hand turned and one of a kind.
You are also be able to customize a gift tag, should this be a gift.
Snakewood is an exotic wood known technically as piratinera guianensis. Snakewood comes from a small, relatively rare tree found in the forests of Central and South America. Initially deep red in color, snakewood changes its stripes (so to speak) upon being exposed to air, which makes the wood eventually turn reddish brown. An extremely dense hardwood, snakewood can be somewhat challenging to work with. It splits fairly easily and tends to be splintery. It's also hard to cut and drill. On the bright side, snakewood turns well and polishes beautifully. Snakewood is generally sold in small blanks and is best used in making items such as bowls, vases, knife handles, pool-cue butts, etc.