Ambrosia maple is not a distinct species of maple; describes a fungal discoloration caused by wood-boring ambrosia beetles. They bore into the trunk of the tree, bringing with them the ambrosia fungi, which subsequently stains and discolors the surrounding wood. The discoloration can be very similar to spalted maple, though with ambrosia maple, the discoloration is centered around the boring paths of the beetles, and their entrance holes can usually be seen.
It´s difficult to work on account of its high density. It´s hard ´n heavy! The high contrast between the golden body and the much darker streaks give it an appearance somewhat similar to natural marble. It’s overall appearance is very similar to Zebrawood, though Marblewood tends to have a finer texture.
As a rare and small tree, prices for surfaced and milled Snakewood that display the characteristic snakeskin pattern are perhaps the most expensive of any exotic lumber worldwide.
In addition to its colorful figure, Snakewood is also among the densest and hardest of all wood species worldwide. Among woodworkers, it vies with Lignum Vitae as the heaviest wood in the world.
Traditionally known by the name Satine, now more commonly called Bloodwood, is commonly used for Carvings, trim, inlays, furniture, guitars, knife handles, and turned objects. Though it poses some challenges in working characteristics, its hardness, strength, and coloration make this a crimson favorite.