1st Pen/ Need Help Identifying Wood

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Blog entry by Charlie_Wintercoats posted 04-01-2010 05:45 PM 1351 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this pen from wood scraps I got from a cabinet shop. I am making the pen for my brother and would like to tell him accurately what kind of wood it is. Any help will be appreciated.

Now I have to assemble pen tonight.




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#1 posted 04-01-2010 05:56 PM

Black Walnut?!

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#2 posted 04-01-2010 06:02 PM

I have never seen walnut look like that. Looks more like Cocobolo but I’m not sure either. Hope someone can help you.

Erwin Jacksonville, Fl

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#3 posted 04-01-2010 06:04 PM

I didnt know people can see your blog so I posted it in the forum too. I guessed zebrawood. Keep trying Thanks guys.

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#4 posted 04-01-2010 06:19 PM

I don’t think it is walnut. Agree with Bearpie on that one. Wild guess is pecan. I used to work at a cabinet mill and that was one of their standard woods and seems like it might have looked like that. 30 years ago though, so could be wrong!

-- Kevin, Blue Springs, MO

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#5 posted 04-01-2010 06:28 PM

Doesn’t look like cocobolo to me… Maybe zebrano – did it stink a lot (badly) when you worked with it?

-- When you crawl under people's houses, you hear things (Alf)

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#6 posted 04-01-2010 07:00 PM

Looks very much like Bocote. Kevin has a good guess also as pecan looks very much like Bocote so does certain walnuts. Zebrawood seems more figured to me than what you pictured…but might be some lesser figured pieces… It is definitely not cocobolo…which has much redder grain and an oily sheen. Nice figure in that wood for sure.

Best bet is to ask the folks you got it from….see what they were running their production on that day.

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#7 posted 04-01-2010 08:25 PM

I’m leaning towards zebrawood/zebrano (same thing I think). The pen is turning out wonderfully. Can’t wait to see the end result. How did it turn? Easy to work with?

-- Mark DeSchepper -- The things I make may be for gifts for others, but making them is a gift to myself.

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#8 posted 04-02-2010 12:48 AM

Looks like a great find! My vote is Zebrawood.

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#9 posted 04-02-2010 01:49 AM

I also vote zebrawood… I am about 95 percent sure… I have a few that look that way…very nice.


-- Educator by Day, Wood Butcher by Night!!

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#10 posted 04-02-2010 01:58 AM

MDeSchepper – turned real easy. way easier than my 1st attempt with the mahogany for practice. so I tried the pen doing some video watching. 1st lathe project too! never used one before and picked up a used lathe on Saturday.

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#11 posted 04-02-2010 02:07 AM

100% positive it is (microberlinia brazzavillenis) otherwise known as zebrawood or zebrano.

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#12 posted 04-02-2010 02:15 AM

could be goncalo alves or marblewood, grain looks a little loose for zebrawood.

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#13 posted 04-02-2010 02:29 AM


It is zebrano. It is a little hard to tell when you look at the turned stock but the pictures of the boards below are WITHOUT A DOUBT, zebrawood. I can say this with a certain amount of convinction because A.) I have alot of experience personally working with zebrano and B.) my day job I work for a high end wood casegood manufacturer where one of my job duties is to train others on wood education.

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#14 posted 04-02-2010 12:52 PM

I belive it’s Bocote. It looks like the pen that I turned thats in my projects.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#15 posted 04-03-2010 01:07 PM

does it stink when your turning it?
I’ve heard people say that zebra wood smells like a wet dog when being machined

-- BRODY. NSW AUSTRALIA -arguments with turnings are rarely productive-

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