After my agarwood tigerwood article was out, there was a number
of readers who email me and ask about the tigerwood, some even
show me photos of certain kynam which they told me, resemble the
resin formation pattern of tigerwood.
I decided to write
the part 2 of my tigerwood agarwood story so please excuse my poor
Among the photos, some were tigerwood
alike but some were agarwood which was craved to "look like
tigerwood", most of them are of course yellowish entry agarwood.
So how do you know if the tigerwood you hold is of good grade to
many, first, if it really is a tigerwood log, look for the "Tigerwood
resin flower" in my tigerwood part 1. Next, look at the
outershell, whether the 3D Tiger spot
are solid, resin color are black and not painted.
Finally, observe if the tigerwood undergoes
"compression" to make it
sinking, which is quite common in the market.
In Asean, tigerwood has appeared in many countries and comes
with different forms and beautiful shape. You can spot the "3D
Tiger spots" in certain piece of agarwood, but most of the time,
you need to light up to test the scent. Some solid blocks of
Kyara also has this "3D Tiger spots".
Now look at the
photo below, is it a young tigerwood? Not, it's yellow wood with
some similar 3D spot :)
comes in different sizes you may have one huge block, which is
yellow and mid grade to be around 40kg and another high grade at
20kg. Some super fully resinated tigerwood are just like kynam,
except that it is very hard and sinking grade, compare to the
semi-sinking Kynam and soft texture resin. Oh yes, scent is
different too and modern Kynam nowdays always sinks into water :)
Should you buy one?
If you like the decorative and solid style of Tigerwood, you can
buy some smaller pieces in 10g-100g territory, most of the
tigerwood blocks are meant for beads making, so keeping a few
sample is more than enough. Unless you wanted to do your beads
yourself :) Another knowledge for our readers, if your budget is
ok, try to buy smaller pieces of matured tigerwood,
there are many young tigerwood out there, some are really for
distillation grade although it is very 3D :)