Ananda Daydream (ananda_daydream) wrote in little_details,
Ananda Daydream
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Exotic wood

I'm doing a short story, and I need an exotic, expensive, rare-but-preferably-recognizable type of wood. In the story, it will have been made into a coffin, but it's actually preferable if it's not a type of wood that's commonly used for that purpose - this is an extremely extravagant thing. It would be nice if it was something recognizably extravagant, but the character's vocabulary is a bit wide anyway so I'm not really too picky on that. (Also, given that I'm blanking on anything, besides mahogany, which is too expected I think, and teakwood, which I'm not sure I want, I'm aware that most people don't know a whole lot about wood types anymore.) I'm thinking it's got to be a hardwood, if it's being made into something that's supposed to last awhile. The coffin was probably made a few hundred years ago, but given the characters' vast resources, whether this would have been obtainable or not outside its natural region is pretty irrelevant.

All I need are a few suggestions - google is being too broad, and giving me woodworking information or lists of every kind of wood in existence or stores that sell flooring, but once I've got some actual names to run with I can find the rest of the little details I need. :) Thanks in advance for any help!
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