Yes, Leopardwood has spots! This Southern Hemisphere wood grows primarily in South America and Australia.
Leopardwood is often confused with Lacewood, because they have similar characteristics. However, Leopardwood is much more dense and it is darker in color. Extremely texture-rich and visually stunning, the sapwood of Leopardwood is reddish-brown, while the heartwood is chocolate colored. The one thing that separates this wood from others is that it features "leopard spots" inside the wood itself. The spots are a lighter brown that give the wood a unique textured look and feel.
The tree is fairly tall and slender. You rarely see boards wider than 5 inches.
As with all of our crosses, there were no stains, lacquers or preservatives used to finish your cross; only a natural oil which is hand-rubbed and polished to enhance the woods natural beauty. When you hold our crosses, you are “feeling” the wood and “seeing” the wood as God created it. No two are alike as boards will vary in color and graining due the environmental conditions it was produced. The shine on the cross is related to the amount of “resin” in the make-up of the wood itself. The more resin the higher the shine.
Crosses are handcrafted in our Palestine, Texas (USA) facility offering the highest quality. Crosses do not require polishing. Holding your cross will allow the oils from your hands to go into the wood and create a soft, patina glow. Never use oil or olive oil on our crosses.
Price noted is for 1 HoldingCross. The picture of multiple crosses is to share with you the diversity of the wood.
Thoughts on Engraving : This wood DOES NOT work well with engraving. Due to its open grain and "spotting" engraving is not recommended.
Each cross comes in an organza bag with a StoryTag telling the name of the wood and a StoryScroll which contains suggested prayers, CareGiving stories and other information. We do not offer seconds or damaged crosses.Our crosses are all first quality and handcrafted in our shop by our family.
NOTE : The HoldingCross watermark in the picture does not appear on the crosses. The picture is marked for proprietary reasons.