Then there are metals like gold and silver, and organic materials such as elephant ivory, walrus ivory, whale tooth, tortoiseshell, horn, camel bone, pearls, coral and mother-of-pearl. There are countless types of wood, including snakewood, ebony, agalloch wood, sandalwood, bloodwood, olive, rosewood, m'kunguni, tamarind, tulip wood, satinwood, sugar maple, teak, and Burmese sandalwood. These woods come from many parts of the world, including India, Egypt, Madagaskar and South America. Another category encompasses seeds and nuts like coconut, including a variety with a wavy grain called sirçali kuka, olive stones and date stones.
The best tespih makers became famous for their skill at carving the beads. Drilling the holes through them is one of the most difficult parts, the finer the hole, the more skill being required. A late 19th or early 20th century tespih maker named Horozun Salih was one of the most renowned, and Düzgünman related that his customers used to joke that if two threads would fit through the holes they would not buy his beads.