A had a friend that owned a sawmill in New Jersey. He was contacted by a railroad and asked him if he could make a special railroad tie that was connecting a couple of tracks and a switch mechanism.
They had gotten prices from other people that was in the range of $5,000 and more. Ernie said he’d do it for $1,500 and they supplied the wood.
When I got to the mill the ties were gone but there was an extra piece of wood that was cut off the end of one of the ties. I’ve had this piece of wood for about 10 years. It was found in the corner of my shop up on a high shelf.
I have no idea what the wood is. This piece is 4 1/2 X 7 3/4 X 14 1/2 and there is only a couple of small cracks. (Name now found – Ekki)
The wood is not Sapele
The board on the left is Sapele and the sanding dust is brown. The unknown wood has an orangish sanding dust. The grain structure has something that is a little like White Oak ray flecks.
So I have a piece of very heavy dark brown wood with no identified name. I’m assuming that the wood is probably a very outdoor wood. I don’t know if it was coated with tar before being placed in use.
This picture shows the wood with Alcohol on it.
I cut off a strip of wood and made some pen blanks.
So this is the pen made from the unknown wood.
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