Desert Ironwood is one of the hardest and most dense woods in the world and it won't decay or biodegrade. We love it's excellent dimensional stability and contrasting grain colors. You'll love it's eye catching luster and resistance to being scratched. In your hand it's heavy, silky smooth and feels like an ivory piano key. The Ironwood Tree is a "Nurse Plant" or a "“habitat-modifying keystone species”. That makes it a super important, ecological sanctuary for over 500 species of desert plants and animals. This Ironwood tree of life protects and provides for the birds, bees, plants and mammals of the Sonora Desert.