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About Peachwood: In China, it's said the peach offers symbolic and magical value, an ancient symbol of fertility and a modern omen. The very name, "tao fu," means omen and it means wood. A peach signifies luck, abundance and protection; in pictures, embroideries, and calendars, it speaks to living long. An elderly Buddha is often seen holding one and a peach-wood staff. The wood is an amulet, a peach pit worn around the neck to drive off demons. Numerous varieties, which all produce material of similar characteristics, are widely distributed throughout China; noted timber varieties are also harvested in Hubei, Jiangxi, and Sichuan. The tree grows very slowly, with some varieties reaching only 10-15 cm diameter after 100 years; forests of Laoshan in Shandong produce boxwood trees with diameters reaching 30 cm. The sapwood and heartwood of boxwood are indistinguishable, and their freshly cut pale-yellow color turns to a warm brownish-yellow tone after exposure. Because of its extremely small vessel cells, the texture is exceptionally smooth and fine, and the surface polishes to a silky luster.