Name Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens)
Type Hardwood.
Other Names Also known as Abassian, Circassian, European, Persian, or Turkey boxwood depending on country of origin.
Sources Found in Europe, western Asia, and N. America.
Appearance Straight to very irregular grain, very fine, uniform texture and a uniform light yellow color.
Physical Props Very hard and heavy with moderate stiffness, shock resistance, and bending strength. Quite stable in service and not especially decay resistant.
Working Props Sometimes difficult to work due to hardness of wood (may cause burning) and irregular grain which tends to tear in planing. Pre-drilling required for nailing and screwing. Glues easily and polishes to an excellent finish (clear finish often used to preserve its unique color).
Uses Considered one of the best species for wood engraving. An excellent turnery wood making it ideal for shuttles, textile rollers, pulley blocks, mallet heads, and especially tool handles. Also used for carving, rulers, engraving blocks, musical instruments, and inlays.