||Lignumvitae (Guaiacum spp.)
||Also known as guayacan, palo santo, and ironwood.
||Composed of three species that grow in Central and South America.
||Closely interlocked grain with a fine, uniform texture. Dark greenish brown to nearly black heartwood and yellowish sapwood. Naturally oily with a low luster.
||Very hard, strong, heavy, stiff, shock resistant, and decay resistant. Not suitable for steam bending.
||Very difficult to work by machine or by hand. Turns very well but natural resins clog sandpaper and make gluing difficult. Polishes easily and often requires no additional finishing.
||Ideal for underwater use due to self-lubricating properties. Used for ship propeller bushings and bearings, mallets, rollers, casters, small wheels, pulleys, stencil and chisel blocks, handles, and miscellaneous turned items.
||Probably the strongest and densest wood on the market.