Handcrafted aficot made of super rare and exotic Snakewood. Simply put, snakewood is the finest material of which an aficot can be made! The properties of this wood are perfect for the finest silks. Smoother than glass! The visual appearance is very drama Read more...

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Hand crafted aficot made of super rare and exotic Snakewood. Simply put, snakewood is the finest material of which an aficot can be made! The properties of this wood are perfect for the finest silks. Smoother than glass! The visual appearance is very dramatic and will demand attention. Approximately 4” long. Protective velvet storage pouch included!

Piratinera guianensis, Snakewood, is also known as Letter wood, Speckled wood, and Leopard wood. Its Latin name literally means Guiana sea pirate. Considered by experts to be the World's rarest commercially available species, Snakewood is difficult to work (dry wood can still check (crack) if it is heated while sanding). Even so, most pieces will have one or more fine, hairline checks. Craftsmen fill these with thin , penetrating CA glue. Most times this renders it to undetectable. Despite its difficulty in working, it is a beautiful wood that has rich brown, red and black in a traditional Viper pattern. This is undoubtedly where it acquired the name Snakewood.