Kamassi has a fine texture and it works and polishes well. It is a good substitute for genuine Boxwood (albeit slightly darker and greener in colour). It occurs in evergreen forests of the Eastern Cape of South Africa. In the past, it was exported for the manufacture of small specialty items (tool handle’s, chessmen, etc). Shuttles produced from Kamassi were once preferred by textile manufacturers, because they wore smoothly in the loom.
Sustainability: Not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Common uses: Turned objects, carving, musical instruments, chessmen, small specialty wood items.
Comments: The bark and the leaves of Kamassi trees are reported to be “deadly poisonous”