Our hand carved cigar store Indians and other figures are carved from a hardwood called Pithecellobium saman, more commonly known as Monkey Pod. This hardwood is similar to Red Oak in weight, texture and workability but it is a bit softer. It is typically used in furniture, cabinets and bowls. The species is globally widespread and is found throughout Thailand in abundance. It is not endangered.
These are photos of a Thai Government logging operation.
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