Dipteryx Panamensis



A friend of mine gave me this piece of Dipteryx panamensis.  It is an incredibly dense wood– it measures 29 x 7 x 4 cm and weighs 881 grams. (11.25 x 2.75 x 1.5 inches, 1lb, 15 oz.), and can have a specific gravity up to 1.09.  I will most likely never get another example of this wood, I think it is now banned for export.

I considered making tool handles or something else out of this, then realized there was nothing I could do to improve– it is perfect the way it is.  Any shaping or transformation would only diminish it.

One thought on “Dipteryx Panamensis

  1. peter

    What to do with such a rare piece of wood: Making „boats, bridges, flooring, general construction, mine props, railroad ties, tool handles, vehicle platforms”. More infos here: http://tinyurl.com/n23cka [Elsevier’s dictionary of trees]
    One of my friends restored a veteran car Ford A Type Cabriolet 4 seats especially built for Costa Rica’s Chief of General Staff in 1935. The bottom was original carpenter work made of „Tonka-Wood” and 1998 in best condition.

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