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Blog entry by OregonBurls posted 11-19-2009 04:18 AM 1669 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Friends, I need your help. Any one know what kind of wood this is. I bought it as black walnut that had been in someones shed for 4 years. but it is not… Very hard and has no smell. What is it! Came from northern Califoria! I cut it in to a guitar billet 24×9 x 2 1/2”

Thanks for your help

-- Greg, Southern Oregon, What can I say but God Is Good!

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#1 posted 11-19-2009 04:58 AM

another great burl beautiful.

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#2 posted 11-19-2009 05:33 AM

really have no suggestions on the tree … it really is beautiful

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#3 posted 11-19-2009 06:06 AM


-- Happy woodworking!

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#4 posted 11-19-2009 06:49 AM

It looks like tulipwood I may be wrong maybe

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#5 posted 11-19-2009 08:04 AM

Looks great, but I’ll be no help with the ID.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#6 posted 11-19-2009 06:11 PM

I looks like tulipwood but the dark groth lines are about 1” apart and it is heavy wood where tulipwood is a light wood.

-- Greg, Southern Oregon, What can I say but God Is Good!

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#7 posted 11-19-2009 11:59 PM

whatever it is it sure is gorgeous


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#8 posted 11-20-2009 05:43 AM

You say you were told it was walnut. Could it be ‘Butternut Walnut? Not suggestion, just asking.

I have NO idea as to the variety.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#9 posted 11-20-2009 06:09 AM

Nice looking. Tulipwood would be from Brazil and you said it came from California.

Should make a great looking guitar.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#10 posted 11-21-2009 03:32 AM

I am not sure, but perhaps it is Camphor Laurel? I have a slab here and although there is not much end-grain in the my picture, it does look similar.
I have a picture of it here.
You will have to scroll down to the bottom.

You can Wiki it here.

I am not sure about the “has no smell” bit because this timber has a strong camphor smell.
…just a thought

-- John in Tassie

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