This divot tool is made from Snakewood (Piratinera guianensis), also called Leopardwood, an extremely dense and rare wood native to South America, particularly Dutch Guiana and Surinam, along the northern coast between the Amazon and Orinoco rivers. Snakewood is noted for its unique grain pattern of regular black markings on a background of red to orange and with a specific gravity that can reach as high as 1.37 it is arguably the hardest, densest wood in the world. It has a combination of density and strength unmatched in any other wood, making it a favorite material in the making of bows for violins and cellos, and also conductor's batons.
This is without a doubt the hardest wood I have ever worked with. Its hardness, combined with its beautiful patterning and rich color, makes this just about the perfect wood for making divot tools. The only thing negative about the wood is that it is extremely prone to cracking as it dries and logs always have numerous hairline cracks, making it almost impossible to find in board form. Despite this, its extraordinary hardness combined with its unusual patterning and rich coloration make it a much sought after wood, pricing it among the most expensive woods in the world. Turning blanks for pool cues and musical bows can run as high as $400 or more per board foot. The wood's high density allows it to take an incredible glass-like finish.
This tool is just under 3" in length, 1" in width and 5/16" thick. Weight is 7.67 grams.