Holly and Verawood Chessboard.
A Signature Verawood chessboard with raised 2-1/4″ squares of Holly and Verawood with a solid Tiger Curly Maple frame, Verawood inlays and an Ebony delimiter. The chessboard measures 23-3/8″ square. Verawood, also known as Argentine Lignum Vitae, is extremely dense and hard. It turns an olive green over time. Holly has a warm ivory-like appearance. This Signature Contemporary Chessboard, with tits unique raised playing field design, was designed by Frank Camaratta and crafted by Bill Lisica. The chessboard is in excellent condition.
Verawood has very similar appearances and working characteristics to Lignum Vitae, and is sometimes referred to as Argentine Lignum Vitae. Although Verawood is in a different Genus from Lignum Vitae, both woods are extremely hard, heavy, oily, and have a feathered grain pattern with a distinct brownish olive color.
Since trade of genuine Lignum Vitae is restricted, (and is included in the CITES Appendix II), Verawood is a popular substitute: yet even this species (Bulnesia sarmientoi) has been included in CITES Appendix III, though it is not as restrictive as Appendix II.