True desert ironwood, Olneya tesotais, is almost unbelievably hard for a wood. It is brittle and cracks easily and that combined with the very small size of the tree all mitigate strongly against any veneer production from the species. It will not float, is VERY hard to work with hand tools (pretty much impossible) but takes a fabulous finish when worked carefully and slowly with very sharp power tools.
|Diameter||1/2" - 5/8"|
|Length||2 1/4" (not including ring)|
|Domestic Hardwood||Desert Ironwood|