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== Description ==
  
A highly patterned wood obtained from ''Piratinera guianensis'' trees that are native to West Indies and northern regions of South America. Snakewood is heavy with a fine uniform texture. Although the grain is straight, the wood has a distinct yellow, dark red, and brown mottled pattern that resembles [http://cameo.mfa.org/materials/fullrecord.asp?name=snakeski snakeskin]. Snakewood was popluar for [http://cameo.mfa.org/materials/fullrecord.asp?name=veneer veneers] in the late 18th century. The durable wood is still used for stringed instrument bows, veneers, walking sticks, and modeling tools.
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A highly patterned wood obtained from ''Piratinera guianensis'' trees that are native to West Indies and northern regions of South America. Snakewood is heavy with a fine uniform texture. Although the grain is straight, the wood has a distinct yellow, dark red, and brown mottled pattern that resembles [http://cameo.mfa.org/materials/fullrecord.asp?name=snakeski snakeskin]. Snakewood was popluar for [http://cameo.mfa.org/materials/fullrecord.asp?name=veneer veneers] in the late 18th century. The durable wood is still used for stringed instrument bows, veneers, walking sticks, and modeling tools. The terms "letter wood" in English or "bois de lettre" in French have for origin the use of this wood by the Jesuits in South America for manufacturing wooden block capitals.
  
 
== Synonyms and Related Terms ==
 
== Synonyms and Related Terms ==

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Snakewood (Piratinera guianensis)

Description

A highly patterned wood obtained from Piratinera guianensis trees that are native to West Indies and northern regions of South America. Snakewood is heavy with a fine uniform texture. Although the grain is straight, the wood has a distinct yellow, dark red, and brown mottled pattern that resembles snakeskin. Snakewood was popluar for veneers in the late 18th century. The durable wood is still used for stringed instrument bows, veneers, walking sticks, and modeling tools. The terms "letter wood" in English or "bois de lettre" in French have for origin the use of this wood by the Jesuits in South America for manufacturing wooden block capitals.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Piratinera guianensis; letterwood; letter wood; leopard wood; tortoiseshell wood; bois d'amourette; bois de lettre (Fr.)

Density 80 ppcf

Authority

  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • F. H. Titmuss, Commercial Timbers of the World, The Technical Press Ltd., London, 1965
  • George Savage, Art and Antique Restorer's Handbook, Rockliff Publishing Corp, London, 1954

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