Wood ID: Mystery wood #1

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Blog entry by mmh posted 1645 days ago 6360 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I purchased this piece from an Australian source and the woman who sold it to me had no history or information on it. It’s “old” and may be “Mulga” burl is all the information I was given. Since I’m not familiar with Mulga or most Austrailian trees, I thought I’d post this to see if anyone has input to this.

It is a burl that was turned to expose the inner grain. It was polished and may have a light oil on it, but I have not done anything to expose the wood. It’s approximately 9” diameter and quite heavy.

For your viewing: Unconfirmed “Mulga” Burl

Mulga burl

Mulga burl

Mulga burl

Mulga burl

Mulga burl

Mulga burl

Mulga burl

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#1 posted 1645 days ago

I don’t know what type of wood it is but I know you will make some beautiful canes from it!


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#2 posted 1645 days ago

Go here and post it they can probably help you other than that I would say Amboyna or Mallee.


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#3 posted 1645 days ago

Oh my that is stunning and knowing your skill i want to see what you make from it please


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#4 posted 1645 days ago

Beautiful piece of wood. But no additional knowledge.

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

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#5 posted 1644 days ago

If I were to guess, I’d say Jarrah burl because it looks to be too brown to be Mallee, although that could be an artifact of the photo. It’s got to be one of those Australian Eucalyptus species burl.

-- Failure is the road to success if you learn to learn from your mistakes - Vince, Greenville, SC

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#6 posted 1642 days ago

Looks like Borwn Mallee to me. There is a Red version too. Either way it is almost definately a eucalyptus variety.

-- Patrick

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#7 posted 1642 days ago

Thanks for the input.

The color of the photo is pretty accurate as it is a brown wood, not red, but it may have an oil finish on it. I have not scrapped or sanded any of it to reveal unpolished wood. As you can see it has some voids but it’s otherwise pretty solid and dense. The shape is pretty odd, but I don’t have an immediate need to cut it and so it sits as a dust collector on a side table.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#8 posted 1418 days ago

dinosaur egg….should make great omelet. : )

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#9 posted 1358 days ago

I am thinking … red mallee... I actually surfaced a burl of red mallee at the Adelaide Timber and Working with Wood show in June and looked very similar…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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