Desert Ironwood Rhino
The giant horn bearing Black Rhino is the fifth in our series of the African Big 5 animals carved from Desert Ironwood. It is one of the largest living land mammals and the most endangered. Normally ill-tempered and very unpredictable, it will often charge any unfamiliar sound or smell and can reach a speed of about 30 mph when in pursuit. The Cape Buffalo, Elephant, Lion and Leopard are also still available.
Hand carved in great detail from a solid piece of one of the most beautiful hardwoods in the world, what we know as Desert Ironwood (Olneya Tesota). This tree grows only in southern Arizona and California and a small area in the very northwest part of Mexico, primarily in the Sonoran Desert. Wood is gathered from naturally fallen trees and through long hours of carving, hand sanding and polishing, the beautiful burl and distinctive grain inherent to Ironwood appears.
Since these are hand carved of a natural material, there will be small differences in the wood grain and in the carving itself. Includes a Certificate of Authenticity. The animal measures 10" x 3-7/8" x 5-1/4" tall. Adhered to a desert ironwood base. Weighs approximately 3 lbs. 2.3 oz. Polish with a soft cloth and occasionally apply a light coat of neutral paste-type shoe wax. Carved in Mexico.