Indian Laurel (Terminalia elliptica)
From Southern Asia (primarily India and Myanmar). The wood varies from light brown to dark brown with darker, nearly black streaks. Sapwood is a pale pinkish color, clearly demarcated from the heartwood. Grain is generally straight or slightly interlocked or irregular. With a medium to coarse uniform texture and low natural luster. Generally easy to work, though sections with interlocked or irregular grain are more problematic. Turns and finishes well. It has no characteristic odor. Common uses are for veneer, furniture, cabinetry, boatbuilding, turned objects, and other small specialty items.
This wood is ideal for turning bowls, spindles, carving chess pieces and more! It is hard and requires sharp tools to work but has a nice finish that is worth the effort.