This ball marker is made from Amboyna Burl, a burl wood that grows on the Narra tree (Pterocarpus indicus). Narra are deciduous trees in the Fabaceae (legume) family that can grow over 100 feet tall with trunk diameters up to 6 feet across. These trees have a wide natural distribution centering around Southeast Asia and East Asia but because of their utility and ease of propogation they are now common throughout all tropical and sub-tropical regions. These fast-growing trees produce a purplish colored hardwood that is termite resistant and the trees themselves are well-known for being able to withstand cyclones, making them an ideal tree for windbreaks.
As valuable as these trees are in their native areas, they are valued world-wide for producing a burl known as Amboyna, named after the Indonesian island of Ambon where it was first widely collected. This extraordinary burl wood is reknowned for its rich swirling patterns colored from tan and yellowish hues to dark browns and red. It is a very stable burl and when finished it is unmatched in its depth and detail. It was extensively used as an architectural wood during the 1920?s and was the first wood used by Rolls Royce in the making of their dashboards.