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Blog series by CreekOne updated 04-09-2015 03:04 PM 36 parts 44182 reads 33 comments total

Part 1: Osage Orange

01-13-2015 10:24 AM by CreekOne | 4 comments »

Common name(s): Osage Orange, Hedge Apple, Bois d’arc, Horse Apple Botanical name: Maclura pomifera Synonymous: Distribution: South-central United States Description: Osage Orange is a golden brown to yellow hard wood, it turns in time darker from UV light.Its a straight grained wood with a clear distinction of early and late wood, large end grain pores. Fun facts: Commonly used to make Bows due to its good ratio of elasticity, strength and weight. Bois d’arc transla...

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Part 2: Cocobolo

01-13-2015 10:33 AM by CreekOne | 0 comments »

Common name(s): Cocobolo, Cocobola, Caviuna, Cocobolo Prieto, Funeram, Granadillo, Jacarandáholz, Nambar, ñamba, Nicaraguan Rosewood, Palisander, Palissandro, Palo Negro, Pau Preto, Rosewood, Urauna Botanical name: Dalbergia retusa Synonymous: Distribution: Central America Description: Cocobolo is a colourful wood seen in many different colours, from bright orange to dark purple, almost blue. It has a very fine texture and thin darker line show the late wood. Big pores with...

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Part 3: Swedish Whitebeam

01-13-2015 11:29 AM by CreekOne | 2 comments »

Common name(s): Swedish Whitebeam, Oxel Botanical name: Sorbus intermedia Synonymous: Sorbus scandica, Sorbus suecica, Sorbus x intermedia Distribution: Southern Sweden, Parts of Denmark Description: Swedish whitebeam is a species of whitebeam found in southern Sweden. A yellowish white and hard wood with almost no distinction between early and late wood except for small colour variations year to year. Fun facts: The only naturally occurring tree originating from Swe...

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Part 4: Japanese White Pine

01-13-2015 11:43 AM by CreekOne | 0 comments »

Common name(s): Japanese White Pine, Japanese five-needle pine Botanical name: Pinus parviflora Synonymous: Pinus pentaphylla Distribution: Japan Description: Japanese white pine has a light pink heart wood and a light yellow to white sapwood. The annual rings are clearly distinctive with a darker late growth. End grain have some darker spots sporadically dispersed. Fun facts: This is a popular tree for bonsai. Sampled by: Me

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Part 5: Amazon Rosewood

01-13-2015 12:00 PM by CreekOne | 0 comments »

Common name(s): Amazon Rosewood, Amazonas Palisander, Amazon Jacaranda, Pará Jacaranda, Preto Jacaranda, Saboarana Botanical name: Dalbergia spruceana Synonymous: Distribution: Brazil, Venezuela, and Bolivia Description: An orange or reddish brown, with darker contrasting streaks and a uniform texture. It has open pores, some mineral deposits and very diffuse annual rings. Fun facts: A classical cabinet wood due to its easy workability and finishing quality.It, like ...

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Part 6: Dark Red Meranti

01-14-2015 10:02 AM by CreekOne | 0 comments »

Common name(s): Dark Red Meranti, Dark Red Lauan, Dark Red Seraya Botanical name: Shorea acuminata Synonymous: Distribution: Southeast Asia Description: Very hard and dense dark red to purplish brown wood with lighter almost pink streaks. Straight grain with a very diffuse and porous end grain. Extremely hard to see early and late growth with only a few thin streaks of lighter and darker wood. Fun facts: Its hard to know if you buy this wood, what you get. Dark red M...

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Part 7: Scots Pine

01-14-2015 11:28 AM by CreekOne | 0 comments »

Common name(s): Scots Pine, Scots Fir, Scotch Fir, Riga Pine, Norway Pine, Mongolian Pine, Red Deal, Yellow Deal, European Redwood Botanical name: Pinus sylvestris Synonymous: Pinus frieseana, Pinus lapponica, Pinus sylvestris ssp. lapponica, Pinus sylvestris var. lapponica, Pinus sylvestris ssp. septentrionalis, Pinus sylvestris var. borussica, Pinus sylvestris var. rigensis, Pinus sylvestris var. septentrionalis Distribution: Europe and Asia, ranging from western Europe to easte...

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Part 8: Balsam Poplar

01-14-2015 11:42 AM by CreekOne | 0 comments »

Common name(s): Balsam Poplar, Bam, Bamtree, Eastern Balsam Poplar, Hackmatack, Tacamahac Poplar, Tacamahaca Botanical name: Populus balsamifera Synonymous: Populus tacamahacca, Populus candicans, Populus tristis Distribution: Sub Arctic northern hemisphere in North America and Europe Description: Light and soft wood, yellow-white to light grey colour. Clear annual rings made of thin greyish stripes. Straight grain with a rough texture. Hard to sand to a finish, tends to cl...

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Part 9: Atlas Cedar

01-14-2015 11:54 AM by CreekOne | 4 comments »

Common name(s): Atlas Cedar Botanical name: Cedrus atlantica Synonymous: Cedrus libani ssp. atlantica, Cedrus libani var. atlantica Distribution: Atlas Mountains of Algeria and Morocco Description: Very light and soft wood with clear straight grain. Cream to light brown heartwood and a pale yellowish white sapwood. It has a smooth texture that takes a shiny finish when cut. A sweet odour is present and becomes quite strong when worked. Fun facts: Atlas Cedar is one ...

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Part 10: Norfolk Island Pine

01-14-2015 12:05 PM by CreekOne | 0 comments »

Common name(s): Norfolk Island Pine, Star Pine, Triangle Tree, Living Christmas Tree Botanical name: Araucaria heterophylla Synonymous: Araucaria excelsa Distribution: Norfolk Island Description: Dense and hard Pine-like wood, homogeneous texture with a creamy light yellow colour. Hard to distinguish annual rings but it clearly has thin stripes in more or less creamy colour. Fun facts: Not a real Pine, Norfolk Island Pine is a distinctive conifer and a member of the ...

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Part 11: Giant Sequoia (Curly)

01-15-2015 02:53 PM by CreekOne | 12 comments »

Common name(s): Giant Sequoia, Giant Redwood, Sierra Redwood, Sierran Redwood, Wellingtonia Botanical name: Sequoiadendron giganteum Synonymous: Wellingtonia gigantea (Former name, 1853), Sequoia gigantea (Former name, 1854), Washingtonia californica (Former name, 1854), Distribution: Sierra Nevada Mountains of California Description: Very lightweight wood with a papery feel to it, Giant Sequoia has a light brown to dark red-brown heartwood and a pale yellow/white sapwood....

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Part 12: Giant Sequoia (Old growth)

01-16-2015 01:36 AM by CreekOne | 0 comments »

Common name(s): Giant Sequoia, Giant Redwood, Sierra Redwood, Sierran Redwood, Wellingtonia Botanical name: Sequoiadendron giganteum Synonymous: Wellingtonia gigantea (Former name, 1853), Sequoia gigantea (Former name, 1854), Washingtonia californica (Former name, 1854), Distribution: Sierra Nevada Mountains of California Description: Very lightweight wood with a papery feel to it, Giant Sequoia has a light brown to dark red-brown heartwood and a pale yellow/white sapwood....

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Part 13: Sequoia (Old growth)

01-16-2015 01:51 AM by CreekOne | 0 comments »

Common name(s): Sequoia, Redwood, Coast Redwood, Coastal Redwood, California Redwood Botanical name: Sequoia sempervirens Synonymous: __ Distribution: In a narrow stretch along the Pacific coast of North America, California to Oregon. Description: Very lightweight wood with a papery feel to it, Sequoia has a light brown to dark red-brown heartwood and a pale yellow/white sapwood. Its straight grained and easy to split. Takes a really nice shiny finish when hand planed. ...

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Part 14: Sequoia (Burl)

01-16-2015 01:55 AM by CreekOne | 2 comments »

Common name(s): Sequoia, Redwood, Coast Redwood, Coastal Redwood, California Redwood Botanical name: Sequoia sempervirens Synonymous: __ Distribution: In a narrow stretch along the Pacific coast of North America, California to Oregon. Description: Very lightweight wood with a papery feel to it, Sequoia has a light brown to dark red-brown heartwood and a pale yellow/white sapwood. Fun facts: Coast redwood is one of the most valuable timber species in the lumbering ind...

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Part 15: Dawn Redwood

01-16-2015 02:05 AM by CreekOne | 1 comment »

Common name(s): Dawn Redwood, Shui-shan 水杉 (Water Fir) Botanical name: Metasequoia glyptostroboides Synonymous: __ Distribution: Sichuan &Hubei region of China Description: Dawn Redwood is heavier than other redwood’s and a lot brighter. Colour is golden yellow with darker but shining streaks. Its a harder wood than most other soft woods and the texture is smooth. Fun facts: Dawn Redwood differs from the Coast redwood and Giant redwood in that it is deciduo...

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Part 16: Verawood

01-17-2015 12:22 PM by CreekOne | 1 comment »

Common name(s): Verawood, Vera, Palo Santo, Argentine Lignum-Vitae, Paraguay Lignum-Vitae Botanical name: Bulnesia sarmientoi Synonymous: __ Distribution: Central America and northern South America Description: The heartwood range from a pale yellow to a deep forest green/dark brown, the colour darken with age and especially upon exposure to sunlight. Verawood is hard and takes a nice finish with some 3D shimmer and a satin-like look. Texture is smooth like hard plastic and...

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Part 17: Yarúa

01-18-2015 10:25 PM by CreekOne | 0 comments »

Common name(s): Yarúa, Chakte-Viga Botanical name: Caesalpinia violacea Synonymous: __ Distribution: Tropical areas of Mexico and Central America Description: Heartwood is of a bright orange to golden brown and the sapwood is pale white to yellow. Yarúa has a 3D effect to its shimmer and the texture is smooth. It has quite straight grain. Endgrain has small pores and annual rings are quite clear with light and dark wood. Fun facts: Very similar to Caesalpinia platylo...

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Part 18: Stone Pine

01-19-2015 12:09 PM by CreekOne | 0 comments »

Common name(s): Stone Pine, Mediterranean Stone Pine, Italian Stone Pine, Umbrella Pine, Parasol Pine Botanical name: Pinus pinea Synonymous: __ Distribution: Mediterranean region and North Africa Description: Like almost any Pine, its pale yellow to creamy with darker yellow-brownish stripes.Endgrain has some pores and the wood contain lots of small pockets, stripes almost, of pitch inclusions. There are also clearly visible vascular rays. Fun facts: Stone pines hav...

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Part 19: American Sycamore

02-03-2015 10:50 AM by CreekOne | 0 comments »

Common name(s): American Sycamore, American Planetree, Occidental Plane, Buttonwood Botanical name: Platanus occidentalis Synonymous: __ Distribution: Eastern North America Description: The sapwood is whiteish and the heartwood is dark red-brown. American sycamore also has a very distinct ray pattern on quartersawn surfaces. The texture is very fine and smooth and the wood is quite light. Fun facts: This wood gives very beautiful and distinct handles for tools and ki...

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Part 20: Desert Ironwood

02-03-2015 10:59 AM by CreekOne | 0 comments »

Common name(s): Desert Ironwood Botanical name: Olneya tesota Synonymous: __ Distribution: Southwestern United States and Northwestern Mexico Description: The heartwood colour ranges from an orange-yellow to dark red and brown with dark violet to black streaks. A thin yellow sapwood is distinctive from heartwood. The texture is fine with a, often, wild grain. Fun facts: It’s used by the Seri people to do carvings.Its a highly regarded wood among knife makers. ...

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Part 21: Jeffrey Pine

02-03-2015 11:08 AM by CreekOne | 0 comments »

Common name(s): Jeffrey Pine, Jeffrey’s Pine, Yellow Pine, Black Pine Botanical name: Pinus jeffreyi Synonymous: Pinus deflexa, Pinus jeffreyi var. deflexa, Pinus ponderosa var. jeffreyi, Pinus ponderosa ssp. jeffreyi, Pinus jeffreyi var. baja-californica Distribution: East coast of North America, south Oregon down to north Mexico Description: Like almost any Pine, the sapwood is pale yellow to creamy with darker yellow-brownish stripes and the heartwood is darker red...

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Part 22: Gray Pine

02-03-2015 11:18 AM by CreekOne | 0 comments »

Common name(s): Gray Pine, Digger Pine, Ghost Pine, California Foothill Pine, Foothills Pine, Bull Pine, Nut Pine, Grayleaf Pine, Botanical name: Pinus sabiniana Synonymous: Pinus sabineana, Distribution: California, USA. Description: Like almost any Pine, the sapwood is pale yellow to creamy with darker yellow-brownish stripes and the heartwood is darker reddish-pink with darker stripes. Endgrain has some pores and the wood may contain pockets of pitch inclusions. ...

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Part 23: Cumaru

02-03-2015 11:28 AM by CreekOne | 2 comments »

Common name(s): Cumaru, Kumaru, Brazilian Teak, Tonka Bean Tree, Tonkin Bean Tree, Tonquin Bean Tree Botanical name: Dipteryx odorata Synonymous: __ Distribution: Northern South America Description: The heartwood is usually medium-dark brown to a reddish brown, streaks of yellow and green are common. The grain is interlocked and the texture has a waxy feel to it. End grain has large pores filled with the yellow and green that show up as streaks and very thin bright annual r...

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Part 24: Sheoak (Unknown Allocasuarina subspecies)

02-03-2015 11:40 AM by CreekOne | 0 comments »

Common name(s): Sheoak Botanical name: Allocasuarina spp. Synonymous: __ Distribution: Australia Description: It has a similar look and feel to Oak wood, Quercus and Cyclobalanopsis, but with a darker reddish to pink colour. It has large vascular rays that create a nice pattern on quarter and flat sawn wood, similar to Oak. End grain is porous and the rays show clearly. Fun facts: There are about 70 species of trees and shrubs that fits this description. Sam...

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Part 25: Western White Pine

02-03-2015 11:46 AM by CreekOne | 0 comments »

Common name(s): Western White Pine, Idaho White Pine, Silver Pine, California Mountain Pine, Soft Pine, Fingercone Pine, Mountain Pine, Idaho Pine, Little Sugar Pine Botanical name: Pinus monticola Synonymous: Strobus monticola Distribution: Mountainous regions of western North America Description: Like almost any Pine, the sapwood is pale yellow to creamy with darker yellow-brownish stripes and the heartwood is darker reddish-pink with darker stripes. Endgrain has some por...

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Part 26: Ponderosa Pine

02-03-2015 11:55 AM by CreekOne | 0 comments »

Common name(s): Ponderosa Pine, Yellow Pine, Western Yellow Pine, Bull Pine, Black Jack Pine, Western Red Pine, Western Pitch Pine, Big Pine, Heavy Pine, Sierra Brownbark Pine, Western Longleaf Pine Botanical name: Pinus ponderosa Synonymous: Pinus ponderosa subsp. ponderosa, Pinus ponderosa subsp. benthamiana, Pinus ponderosa subsp. scopulorum Distribution: Western North America Description: Like almost any Pine, the sapwood is pale yellow to creamy with darker yellow-brow...

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Part 27: Mitzeeri

02-03-2015 12:06 PM by CreekOne | 0 comments »

Common name(s): Mitzeeri, Bruin Stinkhout, Motsere, Ndzerhe, Costal Golden-leaf Botanical name: Bridelia micrantha Synonymous: __ Distribution: Tropical and southern Africa Description: Wood is dark brown to pale gray, end grain is quite porous and some annual rings are barely visible as a colour variation. Fun facts: This tree is considered a Herbal tree.It has a strong resistance to termites.South African National Tree No: 324 Sampled by: Me

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Part 28: Catawba Rhododendron

02-03-2015 12:17 PM by CreekOne | 0 comments »

Common name(s): Catawba Rhododendron, Mountain Rosebay, Purple Ivy, Purple Laurel, Purple Rhododendron, Red Laurel, Rosebay, Rosebay Laurel Botanical name: Rhododendron catawbiense Synonymous: Rhododendron catawbiense var. album, Rhododendron catawbiense var. compactum Distribution: Eastern United States Description: Wood is hard, white to creamy-white with some slight colour variation on the annual rings. Texture is smooth and there is a beautiful natural lustre. Due to th...

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Part 29: Katsura

02-03-2015 12:24 PM by CreekOne | 0 comments »

Common name(s): Katsura, カツラ, 桂 Botanical name: Cercidiphyllum japonicum Synonymous: Cercidiphyllum japonicum var. sinense Distribution: China and Japan Description: The wood is pale yellow to creamy white with darker yellow-brownish stripes. May contain some greenish streaks. The texture is smooth and its straight grained. Fun facts: Sampled by: My woodworking teacher.

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Part 30: Whitebark Pine

02-03-2015 12:31 PM by CreekOne | 0 comments »

Common name(s): Whitebark Pine, Whitestem Pine, Alpine Whitebark Pine, Pitch Pine, Scrub Pine, Creeping Pine, White Pine Botanical name: Pinus albicaulis Synonymous: Apinus albicaulis Distribution: Mountains of the Western United States and Canada Description: Like almost any Pine, the sapwood is pale yellow to creamy with darker yellow-brownish stripes and the heartwood is darker reddish-pink with darker stripes. Endgrain has some pores and the wood may contain pockets of ...

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Part 31: European Yew

02-03-2015 12:43 PM by CreekOne | 0 comments »

Common name(s): European Yew, English Yew, Common Yew, Yew Botanical name: Taxus baccata Synonymous: __ Distribution: Europe, Southwest Asia Description: Like a Pine or Juniper, the sapwood is pale yellow to creamy with darker yellow-brownish stripes and the heartwood is darker reddish-pink with darker stripes. The texture is smooth and the woods has a nice lustre and a slight sent. its quite knotty and its hard to fine perfect, straight wood. Fun facts: This is the ...

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Part 32: Singleleaf Pinyon

02-03-2015 12:51 PM by CreekOne | 0 comments »

Common name(s): Singleleaf Piñon, Singleleaf Pinyon, One-leaved Pine, Gray Pine, Frémont Pine, Nevada Nut Pine Botanical name: Pinus monophylla Synonymous: Caryopitys monophylla, Pinus californiarum, Pinus cembroides var. monophylla Distribution: Western United States and northwest Mexico Description: Like almost any Pine, the sapwood is pale yellow to creamy with darker yellow-brownish stripes and the heartwood is darker reddish-pink with darker stripes. Endgrain has som...

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Part 33: Ironwood (African)

02-03-2015 01:02 PM by CreekOne | 0 comments »

Common name(s): Ironwood, Black Ironwood, Ysterhout, Swartysterhout, Eisenholz, Moraøane, Sitimane, Musiri, Ugqwangxe, Umhlebe, Umnquma-swile, Umzimane Botanical name: Olea capensis ssp. macrocarpa Synonymous: Olea laurifolia, Olea hochstetteri, Olea macrocarpa Distribution: Africa, South of Sahara Description: Heartwood is a cream or yellowish brown, with darker brown or black contrasting streaks. Colour tends to deepen with age. Ironwood is often figured with curly or wav...

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Part 34: Tulip Poplar

02-03-2015 01:34 PM by CreekOne | 2 comments »

Common name(s): Tulip Poplar, Poplar, Yellow-poplar, Tuliptree, American Tuliptree, Whitewood, Fiddle Tree Botanical name: Liriodendron tulipifera Synonymous: Tulipifera liriodendron Distribution: Eastern United States Description: Light creamy yellow wood. It can also be seen in mineral stained colours ranging from dark purple, red, green to yellow. My sample is of a deep, almost grey green. Fun facts: This wood change colour with minerals and there are some rare oc...

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Part 35: Lati

02-04-2015 11:13 PM by CreekOne | 0 comments »

Common name(s): Lati, White Wenge, Yaya, Blaiglu, Vartu, Gbandi, Fantueh, Va-tue Botanical name: Amphimas pterocarpoides Synonymous: __ Distribution: Western and central Africa Description: The wood is a light yellowish brown with a grain and endgrain pattern very similar to Wenge, Millettia laurentii, but yellowish instead of dark brown. The over all workability is similar but not as stable Fun facts: Lati has no botanical or scientific relation to the Millettia gen...

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Part 36: Brazilwood

04-09-2015 03:04 PM by CreekOne | 3 comments »

Common name(s): Brazilwood, Pau-Brasil, Pau de Pernambuco, Pernambuco Tree, Nicaragua Wood, Ibirapitanga Botanical name: Caesalpinia echinata Synonymous: Guilandina echinata Distribution: Brazil Description: Hard and yellowish wood, sometimes towards a darker almost red colour. Grain is straight and the texture is similar to that of a rough sanded ebony. Compared to some other dense woods it has a good workability and finishes nicely. Fun facts: Perhaps the only wood...

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