Guaiac is truly exceptional wood : it is not only beautiful to look at,
but also extremely strong and tough and remarkably durable. after
centuries were mined extensively and currently stocks are very
meager - occurs only in coastal areas of Central America .
Sometimes it is also called "tree of life" ( from the Latin lignum vitae ) and
esteemed especially for resin used in medicine , and self-lubricating
ability . Due to the natural oil content applies mainly in the production of
pulleys , wheels , gears , bearings and forms. The guaiac is also produced
bowling ball .
Other names: Ironwood , wood of life , lignum vitae
Color: Strips olive green , dark yellow , light brown,
black and dark brown , with light herringbone effect.
Texture : Generally fine and uniform , fiber , however, easy to tear , and the surface is rough to the touch .
Hardness: Extremely high
Volume - Weight: Extremely high (1150-1310 kg/m3)
Strength: Extremely high