Dipteryx Panamensis

pipteryx-panamsis

 

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.