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As the name suggests, leadwood is a heavy, dense material, it ranks among the ten heaviest timbers in the world - none of which float. With its captivatingly beautiful rich chocolate brown to black figuring, the fine grained timber turns extremely well and can be shaped with saws, files and rasps. It is quite a rare timber, only available occasionally, and the trees that it comes from can live for up to a thousand years so it should be used sparingly and with respect.

Leadwood is a type of bushwillow, a family of slow growing trees native to Africa, Asia and South America. It burns slowly producing intense heat, so any unusable offcuts can be saved for the barbecue. Interestingly the ash of leadwood contains a lot of lime and has been used for toothpaste and for making whitewash.

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