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Netsuke are often made of ivory because it is durable, can be carved into great detail and takes a nice finish. Wooden netsuke are often made of boxwood, a dense yellow brown with hardly any grain and can be worked into great detail. It is often stained. I used other types of wood because they are more beautiful by themselves and do not need colouring. All the wood I use I found myself and know the history of that piece.
Cherry (Prunus subhirtella). Wood from an old cherry tree in front of my parents house.
African Sandalwood (Spirostachys africana). Wood I bought at the market for traditional medicins in Zimbabwe.
Teak (Tectona grandis). Wood collected by my father in Indonesia in 1947.
Panga panga (Millettia stuhlmannii), Wood from a blackboard from the classroom in Zimbabwe where I was teaching.
African blackwood ( Dalbergia melanoxylon). Collected from the edges of the Kalahari desert in Botswana.